Research programme for earth observation "STEREO I"


  • Responsible(s) Federal Science Policy: Vandenabeele Joost
  • Final decision of the Ministers Council: 30/3/2001
  • Duration of the research: 15/12/2001 - 30/6/2006
  • Budget: 10,857,736.39 EUR
  • Research projects: 44


Spanning a 5-year period, the "STEREO I" programme is funded by the Belgian federal government and managed by the Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO).

STEREO is the follow-up to the Belgian TELSAT research programme for Earth observation that was launched in 1984 in order to improve the techniques for data interpretation and to support the use of data recorded by satellites Belgium was helping to develop at the time.

The objectives of the new programme are:

- Maintaining and expanding the Belgian scientific expertise;
- Development of operational products and services;
- User support;
- Valorisation and promotion of Belgian know-how.


The programme fits within the framework of the overall Belgian research strategy for remote sensing which aims at:

- Generalising use of satellite data as a source of information;
- Contributing simultaneously to infrastructure, data support and data use;
- Introducing remote sensing in operational services;
- Grouping researchers into networks of expertise of international standing.

The networks of expertise to be developed within the programme are:

- Local vegetation and associated parameters/Agriculture
- Cartography and land management
- Study of coastal regions.

Research projects:

S0/00/001: Regional crop modelling via hydrological simulation and assimilation of remote-detection information (STEREOCROP)

S0/00/002: Spatial information mining for local and regional authorities on the basis of very-high-resolution data (SPIDER)

S0/00/003: Optical remote detection of coastal waters (BELCOLOUR)

S0/00/004: Advanced methods for SAR remote-detection processing (ASARTECH)

S0/00/005: Data analysis in hyperspectral remote sensing (HYPERCRUNCH)

S0/00/010: Detection of contaminants in solid matrices and plants using hyperspectral CASI-SWIR images (CONTAM)

S0/00/011: Spatial information extraction for urban areas based on hyperspectral data (URBAN)

S0/00/012: Airborne hyperspectral potential for coastal biogeochemistry of the Scheldt Estuary and plume (SCHELDT)

S0/00/020: Monitoring the Walloon agriculture state with remote sensing (SAGRIWATEL)

S0/00/021: Updating rate assessment system of topo-geographical data using space remote sensing (ETATS)

S0/00/022: The development of an operational system to support Flanders flood prevention policy (FLOODMAP)

S0/00/023: Vegetatiekartering d.m.v. hyperspectrale vliegtuigopnamen, toegepast op dynamische duingebieden, slikken en schorren (HYPERKART)

S0/00/024: Climate change impact on the sustainable use of Lake Tanganyika fisheries (CLIMFISH)

S0/00/031: Services for Urban Green Monitoring using Remote Sensing (SUGRES)

S0/00/037: Information service from hyperspectral techniques for Environmental Impact Assessment of Mining and Industrial Activities (MinPact)

S0/00/043: Time-dependent changes in the optical properties of sediments detected with remote sensing (TIDESED)

S0/00/044: Man-made object classification using fused polarimetric SAR and hyperspectral imagery data (HYSAR)

S0/00/048: Hyperspectral derived nitrogen indicators for maize crop (HYNIM)

S0/00/050: Detecting man-made structures in urban areas using multi-spectral and geometric classification methods (MAMASU)

S0/00/051: Application and validation of generic algorithms for Hyperspectral data cubes (HYPERWAVE)

S0/00/052: Automated processing of optical time series for land surface mapping and change detection (GLOBALWATCH)

S0/00/053: Polarimetric SAR Interferometry (POLINSAR)

S0/00/070: Modeling biochemical processes in orchards at leaf- and canopy-level using hyperspectral data (HYPERPEACH)

S0/00/071: Detecting soil carbon and its spatial variability by Imaging Spectroscopy (CARBIS)

S0/00/073: Floodplains revisited! Hydro-ecological modelling supported by spectral directional imaging (HYECO)

S0/00/60b: Monitoring of Coral Reef in View of Sustainable Island Development; Case Study using Hyperspectral Remote Sensing: Fordata, Tanimbar, Indonesia (KABAR)

S0/01/013: Teledetection of vitality of perennial plants (VITAL)

S0/01/049: Analysis of the crop productivity - soil erosion relationship using hyperspectral data (EROCROP)

S0/02/030: Remote Sensing in Evaluating the Environmental Impact of Rangeland Management (RANGELAND)

S0/02/032: The GIS problem detector (GISproblem)

S0/02/074: Object-based segmentation and biophysical characterization of saltmarsh vegetation using hyperspectral AHS imagery (HISMAC)

S0/03/014: Hyperspectral sensing of moisture gradients: the influence of recharge and discharge areas (MOISGRAD)

S0/03/046: Hyperspectral characterisation of lead dispersal from abandoned metalliferous mining in Wales, UK (WALMET)

S0/03/047: Application of machine learning techniques for ecotope classification based on hyperspectral images (ECOMALT)

S0/09/033: Remote sensing and risk assessment of vector transmitted diseases: bluetongue (BLUETONGUE)

S0/10/035: Forest Cartography using very high resolution SaTellite data (FORECAST)

S0/19/015: Soil surface organic matter estimation with hyperspectral measurements (OM)

S0/20/075: Measuring chemical pollutant gases in the port of Antwerp using imaging spectroscopy (TIRIS)

S0/42/016: Use of hyperspectral remote sensing for permanent grassland canopy characterization (GRASS)

S0/58/041: Bottom Reflectance and Adjacency Experiment for Belgian coastal and inland waters (BRADEX)

S0/67/036: Operational Remote sensing Mapping of Estuarine suspended Sediment concentrations (ORMES)

S0/67/61b: Airborne Imaging Spectroscopy and Laser Scanning; the Antique Town of Sagalassos and surroudings (SAGALASSOS)

S0/F3/040: Linking Pan-European Land Cover Change to Pressures on Biodiversity (BIOPRESS)

S0/XX/806: Development of didactical material on Imaging spectroscopy (HYPERTEACH)