The German Aerospace Center (DLR ) organized a symposium on ‘New Perspectives of Earth Observation’ on June 25th -27th in Cologne, Germany. Three days full of presentations and discussions about the future of EO regarding projects, data and cloud computing (DIAS).
In this context SWOS was represented by two projects DeMo-Wetlands and Wetland Radar. Both are closely linked to SWOS through collaboration and together, all three projects contribute to the GEO-Wetlands Initiative. The role of the projects and GEO-Wetlands was also discussed with regards to national reporting towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Wetland-Radar project demonstrated the potential of radar images and time series in wetland monitoring especially for reed and water mapping (PDF).
The DeMo-Wetlands project (Copernicus-based Detection and Monitoring of tropical Wetlands) highlighted the potential of the use of Copernicus data (mainly Sentinel 1 and 2) for the mapping of tropical wetlands on a national scale. At the example of Rwanda the project demonstrated the support for national reporting towards global Conventions and Frameworks (PDF).
Further impressions of the Symposium can be found here.