Our booth at ESA Earth Observation ɸ-Week
Participants of ɸ-Week (12-16 November) in ESA-ESRIN http://phiweek.esa.int/ are invited to booth no. 10, where we present our IT solutions in the field of satellite data processing.
Space-based monitoring of invasive plant species
Wasat team supported by experts from the Regional Environmental Center (REC Polska) performs a comprehensive assessment of the use of satellite remote sensing in the detection of invasive plant sites and monitoring changes in their range in Poland. Invasive species of plants negatively affect the natural environment by displacing native species and changing habitats. They also cause economic damage and some of them pose a threat to human health (e.g. a hogweed).
The feasibility study commissioned by the European Space Agency focuses on exploring the possibilities of using satellite imagery, including free data available under the Copernicus Program, to identify and categorize invasive plant sites and channels of their expansion.
First results of the project indicate a great interest in the subject among employees of local government administration and national parks, but also limited use of free Sentinel satellite data in this area. The construction of a national-scale on-line service supporting a struggle against the problem of invasive plants would require many years of scientific research, while its operation would involve a purchase of very high resolution satellite imagery.
Conference presentations in the summer 2018
This summer we actively participate in research conferences, e.g.:
• in June, Daniel Zinkiewicz presented “The Idea of Integrated Development Environment for EO Data Processing” at the Baltic Geodetic Congress in Olsztyn, Poland;
• in July, Bartosz Buszke presented new trends in the use of satellite remote sensing in precision agriculture at the “Polish DIAS for Europe” conference in Warsaw;
• in September, Dominik Ruciński will deliver a presentation “Identification, documentation and monitoring of historic landscapes: new data, new challenges, old problems” at the Landscape Archaeology Conference in Newcastle, UK.
JupyTEP IDE available for test usage
Under ESA contract our team has developed a cloud-based IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for building scripts, algorithms and also complete EO data processing chains. JupyTEP IDE is a software with preconfigured EO toolboxes (e.g. SNAP/Snappy and Orfeo ToolBox) and libraries for GIS processing (e.g. GDAL, Grass GIS, PostGIS). It is built as an extension of Jupyter environment and Docker engine dedicated to working with EO data and it is based on the notebook philosophy of scripting. JupyTEP IDE allows scientists, developers of satellite remote sensing applications and other professional or non-professional users to create their own isolated development environment in an easy way. The users are able to write algorithms choosing various languages (Python, R, etc.) and a wide range of tools and libraries. The results can be presented and shared in the interactive and common Jupyter notebook format.
If you are interested in the open and free JupyTEP IDE solution or you wish to test the current version please visit the project site https://wasat.github.io/JupyTEPIDE/ or contact us by e-mail at email@example.com.
Research on the demand for satellite data in the area of field crops irrigation
With support from the European Space Agency our experts analyze the technical, organizational and economic aspects of the use of satellite data in supporting optimal irrigation of field crops in Poland. In contrast to horticultural production, where irrigation is used on a large scale, most field crops here are not covered by such treatments. This is partly due to the lack of up-to-date and accurate information on anomalies related to the amount of rainfall in the spring and summer season and difficulties in calculating the optimal amount of water that should be provided to plants. Satellite data can contribute to filling this gap, hence to more effective irrigation, whose significance will grow due to the effects of climate change.
Lecture in the field of satellite remote sensing at the Gdańsk University of Technology
At the invitation of universities our specialists conduct lectures on satellite techniques a few times per year. On January 26, Bartosz Buszke and Dominik Ruciński presented the latest achievements in the field of satellite remote sensing and development perspectives of the Earth Observation industry to Space Technologies students at the Gdańsk University of Technology.
Participation in the Earth Observation events
Wasat team participates in the key European conferences in 2017 on the developments in the Earth Observation sector, e.g. EO Science for Society, EO Open Science, Big Data from Space. At the latter one, organized by the European and French space agencies and the EU bodies, the new project being implemented by Wasat in cooperation with researchers from the University of Warmia and Mazury will be presented: JupyTEP IDE as a concept of integrated development environment for EO data cloud-based processing solutions.
Membership in EARSC
By decision of the Board of the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (www.earsc.org) our company was accepted as a full member of the organisation. The mission of EARSC, headquartered in Brussels, is to foster the development of the European EO geo-information services industry.
New IT project for ESA
We have started a new contract from the European Space Agency that is aimed at development and adaptation of solutions based on Jupyter Notebook for processing Earth Observation data in a cloud environment. The products will support developers of satellite data exploitation platforms and EO scientists in an efficient creation of data processing algorithms and in visualisation of information or services.
More publications on the use of remote sensing in archaeology
Two new scientific papers co-authored by Wasat staff were published recently. The papers present results of the project ArchEO (Archaeological application of Earth Observation techniques), which was financed by the European Space Agency and jointly realised by Wasat and Institute of Archaeology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. One of its main objectives was to assess the usefulness of satellite imagery in archaeological applications in Central Europe.