Earth Observation in Support of Environmental Impact Assessment of Trans-European Networks (EO-TEN)

2006-05-01 – 2008-10-31

The Brenner Axis has recently been designated a priority number one project among 30 Trans European Network (TEN) projects. To minimise environmental impacts of TEN projects, legal instruments such as the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) have to be applied prior to construction. The project EO-TEN has the objective to increase the operational application potential of innovative Earth observation (EO) methods having a realistic market potential to be introduced for EIAs and SEAs. The focus is on improving and advancing EO methods and derived products serving to protect the environment, the population and the infrastructure itself and to develop a sustainable service component serving EIAs and SEAs. Methods to be further developed involve analysis of EO data from a broad spectrum of sensors, including airborne and spaceborne optical, laser scanning and satellite SAR data. Specific analysis techniques applied to these data comprise multi-source image processing image fusion, object-based information extraction, automated change detection, laser scanning methods, SAR differential interferometry, and specific visualization techniques. The TU Wien is a research partner in this project with a special focus on exploiting novel laser scanner technologies for improved modelling of the terrain and objects on the terrain.

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  • GeoVille Informationssysteme und Datenverarbeitung GmbH
  • ARC systems research GmbH