WaterS and GLaSS meeting

Conference “Challenges in the inland water remote sensing - future sensors, improved processing methods”

Tartu Observatory, Tõravere, Estonia
April 1-6, 2014 

Two FP7 projects WaterS and GLaSS join their expertise and competences during the conference "Challenges in the inland water remote sensing - future sensors, improved processing methods” that is held from April 1- 6, 2014  in Tartu Observatory, Tõravere, Estonia.

The conference is open also for all people interested in this topic. Participants are encouraged to bring posters. Participation is free, but travel, accommodation and dinner need to be covered by participants themselves. 

Registration is open here.


  •  Tuesday, April 1

Arrival: to Tartu by from Helsinki plane or from Tallinn by bus (2.5 hours, direct from airport and comfortable)

Accommodation: in Tartu hotel London - in the center of town, walking distance from bus station.
Limited number of beds are also available in Tartu Observatory guest apartment in Tõravere.

  • Wednesday, April 2

Scientific meeting dedicated for the further inland water remote sensing challenges

Full day in Tõravere from 09.00 to 20.30, lunch at 12.30-14.00. The bus for participants from Tartu to Tõravere will leave at 8.15 from hotel London and bring people back to Tartu after the end of the day about 20.30. The bus trip lasts 30 min.

09.00 - 09.15   Opening and practical questions. Anu Reinart, Tartu Observatory
09.15 - 09.45 Lakes in Europe - Global Climate Change and monitoring issues. 
Peeter Nõges, University of Life Sciences, Estonia, Võrtsjärve Limnological station
09.45 - 10.15 Latest achievements and new problems in atmospheric correction 
over optically complex waters lakes.  Olaf Krüger, Tartu Observatory
10.15 - 10.45 Monitoring of Swedish lakes by remote sensing
Petra Philippson, Brockmann Geomatics, Sweden
10.45 - 11.00 Break
11.00 - 11.30 National experience in monitoring of lakes by remote sensing
Claudia Giardino, (CNR, Italy) 
11.30 - 12.00 Recent developments at DLR,s calibration Home Base
Peter Gege (DLR, Germany)
12.00 - 12.30 Introduction about experiments in Secchi 3000/ iQwtr
Annelies Hommersom (Water Insight, Netherlands)
12.30 - 14.00 Lunch break
14.00 - 14.30 Inland Water algorithm recent developments and intercomparison (results from 
Waters, SIOCS, and DIVERSITY projects). Carsten Brockmann, Brockmann Consult, Germany
14.30 - 15.00 Ideas about proposal for pan-European inland water quality service
Karin Schenk  (EOMAP, Germany) 
15.00 - 15.30 Project Waters benefits to Finnish Environmental institute goals
Stefan Simis (Finnish Environmental institute, Finland)
15.30 - 16.00 Break
16.00 - 16.30 Information about Sentinel 3 and S3VT. Jean- Paul Huot, European Space Agency
16.30 - 17.30 In parallel: Discussions for the further joint programs and ongoing latest joint events
Discussions continue on April 3rd
16.30 - 18.30 In parallel: Waters partner management board meeting 
17.30 - 20.30 Introduction of observatory, night observation of stars, sauna and swimming in lake!
Joint Dinner at 18.30 in cafeteria.


  • Thursday, April 3rd

Day in Tõravere from 09.00 to 17.00, lunch 12.00-13.00, dinner in Tartu at 19.00. The bus for participants from Tartu to Tõravere will leave at 8.15 from hotel London and bring people back to Tartu about 18.00. The bus trip lasts 30 min.

09.00 - 12.30 Discussions on GLaSS-scientific  issues 
09.00 - 09.45 - atmospheric correction methods, leader of the discussion EOMAP
09.45 - 10.30 - optical pre-classification, leader of the discussion VU
10.30 - 11.00 Break in cafeteria
11.00 - 11.45 - round robin of water quality parameter retrieval algorithms, leader of the discussion TO
11.45 - 12.30 - how to respond to delays of Sentinel, leader of the discussion WI 
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch in cafeteria
13.30 - 14.30 Discussion on harmonization of in situ measurement protocols (leader of the discussion TO )
14.30 - 15.30 Talk by Advisory Board member Steven Greb on related work +
30 min discussion/questions afterwards, discussion of the further joint activities
15.30 - 16.30 Coffee/tea, posters, in small groups demonstration of calibration of radiometers in TO new lab
16.30 - 17.00 Talk by Ass. Prof Susanne Kratzer on her career to emphasize the possibilities of woman in science
17.00 - 18.00 Discussion on gender issues in science and what GLaSS can contribute here
19.00 Joint dinner in Tartu hotel London restaurant POLPO


  • Friday, April 4th 

GLaSS meeting in Tartu hotel London small meeting room from 09.00 to 14.00, lunch at 13.00.

GLaSS management and WP achievements were presented during the review meeting on March 17, 2014, so the people who were not present can find most doscuments via Dropbox. Therefore in Tartu we can focus on plans and planning.
We can start 8.30, that will be decided currently.

09.00 - 09.30 WP5 (CNR)
09.30 - 10.00 fieldwork planning (WP4, TO)
10.00 - 10.30 WP3 (EOMAP)
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 - 11.30 WP4 (TO)
11.30 - 12.00 WP2 (BC)
12.00 - 12.30 WP1 and WP7(WI)
12.30 - 13.00 WP6 (WI)
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch 

On Friday evening we may have an excursion to lake Peipsi or Võrtsjärv and accommodate with sauna near lake with dinner. Saturday and Sunday (April 5-6), depending on the weather,  we can travel to lake Peipsi or Võrtsjärv. Snow is gone, weather is about +8 C, partly cloudy, may have to rain.


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