Remote Sensing Researcher for the Development of a Garden Monitor for Flanders

Employer
KU Leuven
Location
Europe
Posted
September 20 2017
Discipline
Other
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Academia

The Division Forest, Nature & Landscape and the Spatial Applications Division Leuven (SADL) of the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences of KU Leuven are looking for a research associate to develop a spatially-explicit reference garden map for Flanders based on remote sensing data. This work will be executed within the frame of a recently accepted STEREO BELSPO project. Garden information will be derived from orthophotos, airborne LiDAR data and available satellite imagery. Specific attention will be on exploring the added value of Pleiades and Sentinel2 satellite imagery using sub-pixel and object-based classification techniques. The integrated use of aerial and satellite observations will be developed in a proof-of-concept study at a case city scale (i.e. Leuven) and later on upscaled to the rest of Flanders. The work will be performed in close collaboration with the Informatie Vlaanderen Agency and the Environment, Nature and Energy Department of the Flemish Government. KU Leuven is a university research and education institution with an international character. The KU Leuven Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences has the mission to carry out state-of-the-art scientific research with respect to the functioning of geo- and ecosystems at different spatial and temporal scales, including the interaction between humans and the environment and the sustainable management of natural resources.


The Forest, Nature and Landscape division at KU Leuven has a proven track record in research with respect to the sustainable management of natural resources and functioning of natural and manmade ecosystems at different spatial and temporal scales. The group works on natural habitats, forests, agricultural land and urban green and their ecosystem services, as well as on the development of methodological tools needed to analyse and quantify science in these fields, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Decision Support Systems (DSS), multi-criteria analysis, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and remote sensing.


The Spatial Applications Division Leuven is a long standing cooperative initiative of several research groups of the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences of KU Leuven. The overall topic is Geographic Information Science and Technologies (GI S&T) and their applications for physical land management and socio-economic assessments.


Your tasks are:


- perform the remote sensing analysis (including image pre-processing) required to develop a garden reference map

- explore the specific potential of Pleiades and Sentinel2 imagery for characterizing gardens

- coordinate and assist in collecting in situ reference data on garden location and characteristics

- closely collaborate with project partners

- transfer your expertise in geo-ICT to the rest of the research team

- communicate project results to BELSPO, project partners and relevant stakeholders and on scientific conferences, through presentations, reports and articles



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