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Workshop on Remote Sensing of Fluorescence, Photosynthesis and Vegetation Status

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Retrieving vegetation properties globally from space using observations in the optical to infrared spectral domain has a significant heritage, including missions such as SPOT-VGT, Landsat, and Proba-V.

With the launch of ESA’s Sentinel-2A and Sentinel-3A missions new observation capabilities, complementing the existing fleet of operational satellites have become available offering an unprecedented combinations of spatial resolution, temporal revisit time and spectral coverage.

In addition, the Fluorescence Explorer (FLEX) was selected as ESA’s 8th Earth Explorer mission to provide information on terrestrial vegetation layer and plant health. FLEX will fly in formation with the Sentinel-3 satellite(s), making use of both Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3 observations, with a launch being foresees in the 2022+ timeframe.

  This workshop brought together remote sensing experts and potential users, exploring the new observation capabilities provided by the FLEX, Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3 missions as well as synergies.


  • Review the state of the art in vegetation fluorescence and biophysical parameter retrievals and exploitation.
  • Promote links between classical vegetation remote sensing methods (i.e. multispectral) and new approaches based on fluorescence and high spectral resolution measurements.
  • Bring together the vegetation remote sensing community, including data providers, experts and users.
  • Provide updates on recent modeling activities coupling remote sensing signals and vegetation physiology and dynamics.
  • Plan future activities in the field of vegetation remote sensing exploiting the new observational capabilities.

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