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Telsat 4 SPSD 1


  • Responsible(s) Federal Science Policy:
    Vandenabeele Joost
  • Final decision of the Ministers Council: //
  • Duration of the research: 1/12/1996 - 31/12/2001
  • Budget: 5,999,023.30 EUR
  • Research projects: 74

Accompanying committee:

OSTC, Flemish Community,Walloon Region, Agriculture, Foreign Aff., Defense


This phase of the programme is part of the Sustainable Development Programme and was set up in compliance with the objectives formulated by the European Commission for research and application relating to satellite data within the context of sustainable development.
It aims to:

- anchor the methods and results of earlier phases within the community of end users (namely scientists, the public administration and the private sector);
- adapt or supplement methods and techniques:
. to meet the needs of research,
. to be integrated in decision-making support systems,
. to permit the transfer of technology,
. support the various opportunities offered by newly developed sensors.


The application themes are:

- Global Change,
- Management of natural resources,
- Natural hazards,
- Sustainable development of developing countries,
- Trans-sectoral support measures (quality control and warning and monitoring systems).

Research projects:

T4/12/56: Investigation using radar imagery of the critical parameters determining the vulnerability of dykes in Vietnam

T4/DD/01: Remote sensing of land-cover change and biomass burning processes in the Tropics

T4/DD/02: Land-cover classification and estimation of land-cover proportions at a global scale

T4/DD/04: The multicoloured North Sea

T4/DD/05: Biophysical characterisation of tropical ecosystems by spaceborne synthetic aperture radar remote sensing

T4/DD/07: Assisted land cover recognition and interpretation

T4/DD/08: Adaptive model based change detection in temporal SAR satellite image sequences

T4/DD/09: Development of assimilation schemes for soil moisture profiles using remotely sensed data

T4/DD/10: Upscaling of field-measured biophysical variables to remote sensing time series using geostatistics

T4/DD/11: Development and launching at the national scale of a multi uses database combining aerial photographs and satellite imagery

T4/DD/12: The study of salt intrusion land use and rice yield in the coastal plain of the Mekong delta (Vietnam) based upon field work, remote sensing and GIS

T4/DD/13: Operationalisation and satellite detection in support of environmental planning policy in Flanders

T4/DD/14: Validation of radar interferometry applied to JERS-1 and RADARSAT

T4/DD/15: Advanced contextual image processing of satellite imagery for land planning and management in cross border areas

T4/DD/16: Use of very high resolution imagery for control and updating of legal land occupation maps in urban areas

T4/DD/17: Technico-economical feasibility of the commercialisation of an instrument (C-fix) for the calculation of the net carbon exchange with the atmosphere in the frame of the Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC)

T4/DD/18: Contribution of SAR (RADARSAT) and AVNIR (ADEOS) images to the study of bathymetry and wave field in the Bay of Hai Phong (Vietnam)

T4/DD/19: Support for ASAR scientific exploitation in Belgium

T4/DD/20: Economic study regarding development of the Belgian earth observation market

T4/DD/21: Contribution of spatial information techniques to the monitoring and support of a sustainable control of cattle trypanosomiasis in Western Africa (case study Togo)

T4/DD/22: Development of a standard tool based on spatial Remote Sensing and GIS for the site selection (contingency planning) for hosting displaced people or refugees, taking in account environmental issues

T4/DD/23A: Adaptation of the European for agriculture production forecast system to Belgian conditions

T4/DD/23B: Development of databases and sensitivity and validity analysis of the integrated system of plant production forecasts

T4/DD/23C: Harvest projections for Belgian farm crops via estimates using an approach integrating agro-meteorology and remote detection

T4/DD/24: Use of satellite data for the decennial update of the of statistical sectors in Belgium

T4/DD/25: Environmental Risk Mapping for the Wadi Mujib-canyon (Jordan) based on Russian stereoscopic TK-350 imagery

T4/DD/26: Applied radar interferometry for neotectonic study in Jordan (complementary to FS/25)

T4/DD/27: Remote Sensing and soil moisture assessment for kart collapse prevention (Tournaisis)

T4/DD/28: Management of natural forage resources and fires in the extensive livestock production systems in the natural savannahs of the humid tropical zone

T4/DD/29: Development of a forage production forecasting system (quantity and quality) in support of a strategy on the scale of the agriculture region

T4/DD/30: Forecasting and management of the inundation debits in the water ways by using satellite data and the application of a hydrologic simulation model

T4/DD/31: The prediction performances of geostatistical approach for mapping quantitative variables of Derivation of land cover change data and their assimilation in ecosystem models

T4/DD/32: Measurement of data regarding changes to ground cover and its integration in eco-system models

T4/DD/33: Catchment scale root zone soil moisture content from satellite radar observations

T4/DD/34: Region-specific optical remote sensing for coastal zone applications

T4/DD/35: Imaging radar for mapping and monitoring of wetland ecosystems in the Chad Basin

T4/DD/36: Biophysical characterisation of tropical ecosystems by space borne synthetic aperture radar remote sensing - EcoSarII

T4/DD/38: InSAR baseline combination for topographical phase reference generation

T4/DD/39: Global scale biome classification and estimation of biome proportions using VEGETATION data

T4/DD/40: Biome classification and estimates of biome proportions on a global scale using vegetation data

T4/DD/41: Assisted land cover recognition and interpretation

T4/DD/42: Automatic spatial matching of multi-sensor data for stress monitoring

T4/DD/43: SABRES - Services to agri-business by remote sensing

T4/DD/44: Surface soil moisture from SSM/I Imagery

T4/DD/45: Detection of infection nidusses of Ips typographus in the mined forests of Bosnia-Herzegovina

T4/DD/46: Contribution of VHR imagery to the characterisation of population, and more in particular of the carrying capacity for large wild herbivores in the forests of the Walloon region

T4/DD/47: Detecting zooplankton streaks in salt lakes using high resolution water surface colour processing

T4/DD/48: Assessment of the contribution of the MIR spectral band of SPOT 4 for the mapping of landcover: application to the delineation of built areas

T4/DD/49: Potentials of very high resolution remotely sensed imagery for the elaboration and the update of "Large Scale Digital Mapping"

T4/DD/50: Use of very high-resolution spatial data for the monitoring of water and vegetation in urban areas

T4/DD/51: Cartography of the microclimatic zones using a DTM obtained via radar imagery

T4/DD/52: Optical remote sensing support for a coastal zone Environmental Impact Study

T4/DD/53: Study of the sedimentation plumes in large delta systems, using field measurements and satellite data

T4/DD/54: Study of the potential for integration of SPOT VGT data in the early warning systems (food security) in the Sahel Region

T4/DD/55: Change detection in satellite image sequences for Minefield Delineation

T4/DD/56: Assessment of the critical parameters determining the vulnerability of dams in Vietnam by making use of radar satellite data

T4/DD/57: Production of a land cover base map of C. Africa derived from SPT4 - VGT data (METAFRO support)

T4/DD/58: Ghent seen from space: improvement of the website of the City of Ghent

T4/DD/59: Use of VHR data for the inventarisation of (un)built areas: an integrated methodology including quality control, for the "management of space" in Flanders "Ruimtelijk beleid in Vlaanderen"

T4/DD/60: Planning, assistance and research activities for demining, based on images from the satellite (PARADIS)

T4/DD/61: Implementation of a WWW site presenting Liege viewed from space using satellite images

T4/DD/62: Brussels viewed from space on the internet network

T4/DD/63: Stimulation of cluster formation with a view to developing the Belgian market in earth observation applications

T4/DD/64: Stimulation of the formation of a cluster as regards earth observation for environmental applications of SPOT-Vegetation data with a view to promoting development of the earth observation market in Belgium

T4/DD/65: Establishment and application of a geographical information system, including spatial remote sensing applications, to support sustainable environmental planning in the northern coastal provinces of North Vietnam

T4/DD/66: Optical remote sensing, radar interferometry and GIS for the determination of geological risks in the routing and construction of a pipe line in Jordan

T4/DD/67: Prediction of forage crop yield and quality based on both optical remote sensing data and dynamic growth model: help to the farmer for forage stocks management

T4/DD/68: Development of an automated interpretation tool of SAR and INSAR products for the Belgian Agriculture Ministry

T4/DD/69: Integration of Ikonos data with existing data sources to monitor local impacts of rapid human disturbances and natural hazards

T4/DD/70: Finalisation of "basic and thematic cartography" production aided by high and ultra-high resolution, multi-temporal satellite images. Case study for the Kivu region (RDC)

T4/DD/71: Integration of very high resolution satellite images in the cartographic chain of the Walloon region. Application for change detection in numeric orthophotomaps

T4/DD/72: Information driven of very high resolution imagery for the update of road database

T4/DD/73: Implementation of a joint WWW site presenting the cities of Brussels, Liege and Ghent

T4/DD/74: Metadatabase of Belgian and African test sites


Aardobservatie en geo-informatie systemen: van demonstratie naar toepassing   Brussel: DWTC, 1998 (SP0595)
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Earth observation and geo-information systems: from demonstration to operation   Brussels: OSTC, 1998 (SP0596)

Observation de la terre et systèmes de géo-information: de la démonstration à l'application   Bruxelles: SSTC, 1998 (SP0597)

A la recherche d'un dialogue durable entre science et politique: 2 jours de symposium, 24 et 25 novembre 1999, Palais des Congrès, Bruxelles = Op zoek naar een duurzame dialoog tussen onderzoek en beleid: 2 daags symposium, 24 en 25 november 1999, Paleis voor Congressen, Brussel   Bruxelles: SSTC, 2000 (SP0615)
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Sustainable development. Towards a sustainable dialogue between science and policy: symposium, Brussels, 24 and 25 november 1999   Brussels: OSTC, 2000 (SP0632)

Plan d'appui scientifique à une politique de développement durable 1996-2001   Bruxelles: SSTC, 2000 (SP0650)

Het plan voor wetenschappelijke ondersteuning van een beleid gericht op duurzame ontwikkeling 1996-2001   Brussel: DWTC, 2000 (SP0651)
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Journées d'information "Observation de la Terre": Bruxelles, Palais des Congrès, 3 octobre 2000   Bruxelles: SSTC, 2001 (SP0721)
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Informatiedag "Aardobservatie": Brussel, Paleis voor Congressen, 3 oktober 2000   Brussel: DWTC, 2001 (SP0722)
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Information day "Earth observation": Brussels, Palais des Congrès, 3 october 2000   Brussels: OSTC, 2001 (SP0723)
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Earth observation by satellite Telsat 4 : final reports, summaries   Brussels : OSTC, 2002 (SP1114)
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Programme de recherche en observation de la Terre "STEREO 1" : des images pour comprendre   Bruxelles : Politique scientifique fédérale, 2007 (SP1860)
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Onderzoeksprogramma inzake Aardobservatie "STEREO 1" : afstand nemen voor een beter begrip   Brussel : Federaal Wetenschapsbeleid, 2007 (SP1861)
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Research programme for Earth observation "STEREO 1" : long distance comprehending   Brussels : Belgian Science Policy, 2007 (SP1862)
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Observation de la Terre en classe : fiches de démonstration de l'utilité de la télédétection au travers des disciplines scientifiques scolaires   Bruxelles : Politique scientifique fédérale, 2007 (SP1863)
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Aardobservatie in de klas : demonstratiefiches over het nut van teledetectie in de wetenschappelijke schoolvakken   Brussel : Federaal Wetenschapsbeleid, 2007 (SP1864)
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Végétation : 10 ans au chevet de la "planète verte"   Bruxelles : Politique scientifique, 2008 (SP2239)
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Vegetation : de groene planeet 10 jaar in het vizier   Brussel : Federaal Wetenschapsbeleid, 2008 (SP2240)
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