EARSeL Joint Workshop 2021

EO for sustainable cities and communities


Date: Tuesday, 30/Mar/2021

1:00pm - 1:15pm


Opening Ceremony

1:15pm - 3:30pm



PLENARY 1: Urban climate & Urban green

Chairman: Ioannis Manakos, The Centre for Research and Technology, GRE


Keynote Speech - Urban environmental change from space

Benjamin Bechtel

Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany


Mapping Functional Urban Green Types With The Combined Use Of Hyperspectral, Multispectral And LiDAR Data

Jeroen Degerickx1,2, Martin Hermy2, Ben Somers2

1VITO, Belgium; 2Division of Forest, Nature and Landscape, KULeuven, Belgium

Green Growth? On The Relation Between Population Density, Land Use And Vegetation Cover Fractions In A City Using A 30-Years Landsat Time Series.

Thilo Wellmann1,2, Franz Schug1, Dagmar Haase1,2, Dirk Pflugmacher1, Sebastian van der Linden1,3

1Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany; 2UFZ Leipzig, Germany; 3University of Greifswald, Germany

Evaluating Built-up Indices for DisTrad Thermal Sharpening over the Arid and Semi-Arid Regions; Case Study: Gaza Strip

Wiesam A. Essa1,2, Jonathan Huck2, Rachid Lhissou3

1Department of Geography, University of Mancheter, United Kingdom; 2Department of Geography, Al-Aqsa Univeristy. Palestine; 3Centre Eau Terre Environnement (ÉTÉ-INRS), Universitie du Quebec, Canada

Mapping Of Urban Land Surface Temperatures By The Future THRISHNA Mission : Focus On Inversion And Sharpening Methods

Aurélie Michel, Carlos Granero-Belinchon, Xavier Briottet


Monitoring Water Vapour Distribution Over Cities Using Galileo Signals From Connected Vehicles: A Feasibility Study

Steffen Schön1, Lucy Icking1, Gael Kermarrec2

1Institut für Erdmessung, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany; 2Geodetic Institute, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany

Early Detection Of Heracleum mantegazzianum (Giant Hogweed) From UAV Images Using SVM And OBIA

Sheeba Lawrence1, Wietske Bijker2, Valentyn Tolpekin3

1eLEAF B.V., the Netherlands; 2University of Twente, Faculty ITC, the Netherlands; 3ICEYE, Finland

Mapping Of Tree Species In The City: Challenges Of The Application Project

Dominik Kopeć1,2, Jan Niedzielko1, Adam Kania3, Justyna Wylazłowska1, Anna Halladin-Dąbrowska1, Jakub Charyton1, Łukasz Sławik1,4

1MGGP Aero Sp. z o.o.; 2University of Lodz; 3Definity Sp. z o.o.; 4University of Warsaw

Copernicus Land Monitoring Service new High Resolution Layer 2015: the Small Woody Features – research, development and production story

Antoine Masse, Loic Faucqueur, Nathalie Morin, Pierre-Yves Rémy, Justine Hugé, Fabrice Dazin, Carlos De Wasseige, Christophe Sannier

CLS Lille, 61rue de la Cimaise, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France

Rapid Country-Scale Inundation Mapping For Urban Planning In Bangladesh Using Copernicus Sentinel-1 Data And Google Earth Engine

Lukas Wimmer, Nicolas Jakob Wagener

Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), Germany

Evaluation Of Green Infrastructure Development With High Spatial Resolution Worldview-2 Images In The Baoshan District, Shanghai, China

Lars Gruenhagen1, Malte Bührs1, Matthias Falke1, Luis Inostroza1, Harald Zepp1, Carsten Jürgens1, Thomas Schmitt1, Nannan Dong2

1Ruhr-University Bochum, Geography Department, Germany; 2Tongji-University, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, China


3:30pm - 4:00pm


Coffee break & Poster Session

4:00pm - 6:00pm



PLENARY 2: Use of Hyperspectral & Commercial data in Urban context

Chairman: Garik Gutman, NASA, USA

Keynote Speech – Four-Dimensional Observations of Urban Changes and Environmental Impact Assessments

Son Van Nghiem

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, United States of America


Household Wealth in HD: Mapping the Demographic and Health Surveys Wealth Index in Sub-Saharan African Cities with Very-High-Resolution Satellite Data

Stefanos Georganos1, Assane Niang Gadiaga2, Catherine Linard2, Tais Grippa1, Sabine Vanhuysse1, Nicholus Mboga1, Eléonore Wolff1, Sébastien Dujardin2, Moritz Lennert1

1Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium; 2University of Namur, Belgium

Analysing the Robustness of Sampling in Gradient Analysis of Urban Material Mixtures

Chaonan Ji1,2, Marianne Jilge1, Uta Heiden1, Marion Stellmes3, Hannes Feilhauer3,4

1German Aerospace Center, Germany; 2Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany; 3Freie Universität Berlin, Germany; 4FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

Towards a Generic Spectral Library for Urban Mapping Applications

Frederik Priem1, Marianne Jilge2, Uta Heiden2, Ben Somers3, Frank Canters1

1Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Cartography and GIS Research Group, Belgium; 2Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Earth Observation Center, Germany; 3KU Leuven, Division of Forest, Nature and Landscape, Belgium

Settlement Monitoring For Renewable Energy Provision In Indigenous Communities Of The Ecuadorian Amazon

Valerie Graw1, Javier Muro2, José Jara3,4, Leo Zurita5, Andreas Rienow1, Esteban Calderón4, Richard Resl5

1Ruhr-University Bochum, Department of Geography, Germany; 2University of Bonn, Center for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (ZFL), Germany; 3Tratural, energía removable, Cuenca, Ecuador; 4Universidad del Azuay (UDA), Ecuador; 5Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Ecuador

Regression-based Unmixing Of Urban Land Cover Across Multiple Cities – Evaluating Multi-site Libraries And Gaussian Process Uncertainties For Model Generalization

Akpona Okujeni1, Sam Cooper1, Patrick Hostert1,2, Sebastian van der Linden3

1Earth Observation Lab, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; 2Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys), Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin; 3Institute of Geography and Geology, Universität Greifswald

Roof Material Mapping: Application Over Liège Using Open-Source Object-Based Supervised Classification Algorithms

Coraline Wyard1, Benjamin Beaumont1, Rodolphe Marion2, Laure Roupioz3, Eric Hallot1

1ISSeP, Belgium; 2CEA, France; 3ONERA, France

The Garden Monitor (Garmon) : What is a garden ? Technically...

Jo Van Valckenborgh, Stijn Van der Linden, Ben Somers, Jingli Yan, Veerle Strosse

Informatie Vlaanderen, Belgium

Blue-green Microstructures - Detection Of Geometrical And Permeability Features Of Microstructures

Agnieszka Kinga Kuras1, Øivind Due Trier2, Thomas Thiis1, Vetle Odin Jonassen3, Niki Gaitani4, Christian Rogass5, Ingunn Burud1

1Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, PB 5003, 1430 Aas, Norway; 2Norwegian Computing Center, Section for Earth Observation, Oslo, Norway; 3Terratec AS, Vækerøveien 3, 0281 Oslo, Norway; 4Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Architecture and Technology, Høgskoleringen 1, 7491 Trondheim, Norway; 5Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, UFZ, Permoserstraße 15, 04318 Leipzig, Germany

Potential of Green Roofs in the East bank of Liege, Belgium

Mitali Yeshwant Joshi1, Simon Rohon1, Gilles-Antoine Nys2, Jacques Teller1

1University of Liege, LEMA, Department of Urban and Environmental Engineering, Belgium; 2University of Liege, Geomatics unit, SPHERES, Department of Geography, Belgium

Continental-scale Mapping and Analysis of 3D Building Structure

Mengmeng Li1, Elco Koks1, Hannes Taubenböck2,3, Jasper van Vliet1

1VU University Amsterdam, Institute for Environmental Studies, the Netherlands; 2German Aerospace Center (DLR), German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD), Germany; 3Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Institute for Geography and Geology, Germany

Using Multiple Molor Spaces of Orthophotos and Computer Vision Method for Building Segmentation and Change Recognition

Lingli Zhu , Heli Laaksonen, Jani Kylmäaho, Juha Vilhomaa, Juha Hyyppä, Mikko Sippo

National land survey of Finland, Finland

3D Data On Regional Scale: What Are The Main Mapping Products And Associated Users?

Yohann François1, Nathalie Stephenne2, Philippe Lejeune1, Adrien Michez1

1University of Liège / Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, Belgium; 2Service Public de Wallonie (SPW), Geomatic Department, Belgium




Date: Wednesday, 31/Mar/2021

1:00pm - 3:30pm



PLENARY 3: Urban social Sciences & Policies

Chairman: Carsten Jürgens, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, GER

Keynote Speech - Mapping Urban Population Distribution In Data-Scarce Countries

Catherine Linard

Université de Namur, Belgium



Keynote speech - The complexity of cities in the Global South from Space

Monika Kuffer

University of Twente, The Netherlands


The Potential of SAR and OPTICAL Sentinel Images for the Automatic Monitoring of Redevelopment Sites

Sophie Petit1, Mattia Stasolla2, Wyard Coraline1, Gerard Swinnen1, Odile Close1, Benjamin Beaumont1, Christophe Rasumny3, Xavier Neyt2, Eric Hallot1

1Remote Sensing and Geodata Unit, Institut Scientifique de Service Public, Belgium; 2Royal Military Academy, Belgium; 3Land Planning, Housing, Heritage and Energy, Service Public de Wallonie, Belgium

Assessing the Capabilities of Sentinel-1 and 2 for Citywide Slum Mapping with Machine Learning

Sabine Vanhuysse1, Taïs Grippa1, Monika Kuffer2, Stefanos Georganos1, Nicholus Mboga1, Eléonore Wolff1, Moritz Lennert1

1Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Department of Geosciences, Environment and Society, Belgium; 2University of Twente, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), The Netherlands

Citizens and Satellites – Multisource Monitoring of Urban Sprawl in Context of Climate Change Adaptation based on Remotely Sensed Time Series and Crowdmapping in German Metropolitan Regions

Gohar Ghazaryan1, Francis Hugenroth2, Carsten Jürgens3, Sarah Sticksel3, Birte Trampnau3, Anke Valentin2, Andreas Rienow3

1University of Bonn, Germany; 2Science Shop Bonn, Germany; 3Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

Copernicus for Urban Resilience in Europe: The CURE Project Idea

Nektarios Chrysoulakis1, Zina Mitraka1, Mattia Marconcini2, David Ludlow3, Zaheer Khan3, Brigitte Holt Andersen4, Tomas Soukup5, Andreas Walli6, Alessandra Gandini7, Jürgen Kropp8, Dirk Lauwaet9, Christian Feigenwinter10

1FORTH, Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics, Remote Sensing Lab, Greece; 2DLR, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Germany; 3University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom; 4Institute of Applied Economics Aps, Denmark; 5Gisat S.R.O., Czech Republic; 6GeoVille Informationssysteme und Datenverarbeitung GMBH, Austria; 7TECNALIA, Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Spain; 8PIK, otsdam Institut fuer Klimafolgenforschung, Germany; 9VITO, laamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek N.V., Belgium; 10Universitaet Basel, Switzerland

Multinomial Logistic Regression And Cellular Automata For Modelling Of Urban Sprinkling

Lucia Saganeiti1, Ahmed Mustafa2, Beniamino Murgante1, Jacques Teller3

1School of Engineering, University of Basilicata, Potenza, Italy; 2Urban systems lab, the new school, New York, USA; 3LEMA, Urban and Environmental Engineering Department, Liège University, Belgium

Leveraging IDP Sites as Pseudo-administrative Boundaries for Improved Gridded Population Mapping

Hannah Rosenblum, John T. Fitzwater, Derek Azar, Joshua Comenetz, Arthur Desch, Nicholas John

U.S. Census Bureau

The Utility of Gridded Mapping Systems to Capture Deprived Urban Areas in Low-income Country Cities

Michael Malkin1,2, Monika Kuffer2, Jon Wang2

1Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany; 2University of Twente, ITC, The Netherlands

A Spatial Assessment of Low-Income Housing Estate Programs In The Periphery Of Mexico City Using Remote Sensing And Census Data

Stéphane Couturier1,2, Adrian Flores3, Roberto Huerta Luna1, Richard Sliuzas2, Monika Kuffer2, Javier Osorno Covarrubias1

1UNAM, Mexico; 2University of Twente, Netherlands; 3University of Anáhuac, Mexico


3:30pm - 4:00pm


Coffee break & Poster Session

4:00pm - 6:00pm



PLENARY 4: Urban growth & Settlement

Chairman: Chris Justice, University of Maryland, USA


Keynote Speech - Urbanization and sustainability under global change and transitional economies: Synthesis from Southeast, East, and North Asia (SENA)

Peilei Fan

Michigan State University, Center for Global Change and Earth Observations (CGCEO), United States of America


Knowledge Gaps In Earth Observation-based Mapping Of Human Settlements: From An Ontological Perspective.

Jiong Wang1, Monika Kuffer2

1Utrecht University, Netherlands, The; 2University of Twente, Netherlands, The

Identifying Human Settlement Growth Types Using Symbolic Machine Learning and Geographic Information Systems: Assiut Governorate as a Case Study

Mahmood Abdelkader1,2, Luc Boorboem1, Richard Sliuzas1, Jaap Zevenbergen1

1ITC, Twente University, Netherlands, The; 2Faculty of Engineering, Assiut University, Egypt

Global Building Map from Sentinel-1 satellite mission

Marco Chini1, Ramona Pelich1, Renaud Hostache1, Patrick Matgen1, Carlos López-Martínez2

1Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg; 2Univeristat Politecnica de Catalunya

Automated Urban Footprint Mapping Over Large Areas: a Method Implemented for Massive Streams of Sentinel-2 Data

Romain Wenger1, David Michéa2, Anne Puissant1

1LIVE CNRS UMR 7362, University of Strasbourg, France; 2ICUBE CNRS UMR 7357, University of Strasbourg, France

Beyond Built-up Land: Towards A More Nuanced Analysis Of Settlement System Changes

Jasper van Vliet1, Mengmeng Li1, Yuan Wang1, Peter Verburg1,2

1VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands, The; 2Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Switzerland

Spatial analysis of Slum Characteristics based on the Generic Slum Ontology – Case of two Brazilian cities

Divyani Kohli, Monika Kuffer

ITC, University of Twente, Netherlands

The Morphology Of The Arrival City

Hannes Taubenboeck1, Michael Wurm2, Nicolas Kraff2, Maria Hochleitner3

1German Aerospace Center (DLR),; 2German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD); 3European Space Imaging, Germany

Urban Growth Analysis Using Satellite Data and Socioeconomic Variables in Uyo (Nigeria)

Etido Essien, Cyrus Samimi

University of Bayreuth, Germany

A Random Forest Dasymetric Approach For Mapping The Population Distribution At High Spatial Resolution

Eric Hallot1, Armand Okende1,2, Tais Grippa2, Benjamin Beaumont1

1Remote Sensing and Geodata Unit, Institut Scientifique de Service Public, Belgium; 2ANAGEO-DGES, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium







Date: Thursday, 01/Apr/2021

1:00pm - 3:30pm



PLENARY 5: Land Use & Land Cover

Chairman: Mattia Crespi, Sapienza University of Rome, IT


Keynote speech - Artificial Intelligence Helps Monitoring Urban Functions

Devis Tuia

EPFL ENAC, Environmental Computational Science and Earth Observation Laboratory (ECEO), Switzerland



Keynote Speech - The Rise of Artificial Intelligence for Earth Observation (AI4EO)

Pierre-Philippe Mathieu

European Space Agency (ESA), Italy


An Open Source Mapping Scheme For Developing Wallonia’s INSPIRE Compliant Land Cover And Land Use Datasets.

Benjamin Beaumont1, Tais Grippa2, Moritz Lennert2, Julien Radoux3, Céline Bassine3, Pierre Defourny3, Eleonore Wolff2

1Remote Sensing and Geodata Unit, Institut Scientifique de Service Public, Belgium; 2ANAGEO-DGES, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium; 3Earth and Life Institute, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Towards Automated Urban Map Revision Using Deep Neural Networks on Airborne Lidar and Hyperspectral Data

Øivind Due Trier

Norwegian Computing Center, Norway

Fully Convolutional Networks For Landcover Classification From Historical Black And White Aerial Photographs Of Central Africa

Nicholus Mboga1, Tais Grippa1, Stefanos Georganos1, Sabine Vanhuysse1, Benoit Smets2,3, Olivier Dewitte2, Eléonore Wolff1, Moritz Lennert1

1Université libre de Bruxelles, Department of Geosciences, Environment & Society, Av Franklin Roosevelt 50-1050 , Brussels, Belgium; 2Department of Earth Sciences, royal Museum for Central Africa, Leuvensesteenweg 13, 3080 Tervuren, Belgium; 3Cartography and GIS Research Group, department of Geography, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium

Assessment of Texture Features’ Contribution in Discriminating Natural Bare Areas vs. Artificially Covered Ones: Chania Case Study

Ioannis Manakos1, Adel Ledawi2, Argyrios Stergioudis1, Chariton Kalaitzidis2

1Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Greece; 2International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Greece

Mapping Settlement And Vegetation Continuous Fields At National Scale In A Temperate Environment Using Sentinel-2

Franz Schug1, David Frantz1, Akpona Okujeni1, Sebastian van der Linden1,2, Patrick Hostert1,3

1Earth Observation Lab, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany; 2Institute of Geography and Geology, Universität Greifswald, Germany; 3Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys), Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin, Germany

Land Cover Semantic Segmentation Of SPOT-6/7 And Sentinel-2 Data Using CNN

Arnaud Le Bris, Olivier Stocker

Univ. Gustave Eiffel, IGN-ENSG, LaSTIG, France

Using Sentinel-1/2 Data to Detect New Urban Elements in Agricultural Parcels

Alban Jago, Emilie Bériaux, Cozmin Lucau-Danila, Viviane Planchon

Walloon Agricultural Research Centre - CRA-W, Belgium

Regional Environment Monitoring Using Copernicus Sentinel-1 SAR Images: Interferometric SAR Coherence as an Indicator of Dynamic Land Cover Changes

Dominique Derauw1, Ludivine Libert1,2, Anne Orban1, Christian Barbier1

1Centre Spatial de Liège, University of Liège, Belgium; 2Enveo, Austria


3:30pm - 4:00pm


Coffee break & Poster Session

4:00pm - 6:00pm



PLENARY 6: Sustainable Development Goals

Chairman: Lena Halounova, Czech Technical University in Prague, CZ


Keynote speech - Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation: Strategic Directions for Urban Remote Sensing

Karen Seto

Yale University, School of the Environment, United States of America


UrbanTEP – EO Data Processing, Integrative Data Analysis and Monitoring for SDG Reporting

Felix Bachofer1, Thomas Esch1, Jakub Balhar2, Martin Boettcher3, Enguerran Boissier4, Mattia Marconcini1, Annekatrin Metz-Marconcini1, Michal Opletal2, Fabrizio Pacini4, Tomas Soukup2, Vaclav Svaton5, Julian Zeidler1

1German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany; 2GISAT s.r.o., Czech Republic; 3Brockmann Consult GmbH, Germany; 4Terradue Srl., Italy; 5IT4Innovations, VSB-Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic

COPERNICUS Global Land Products and Services and the Sustainable Development Goals

Pietro Ceccato1, Michael Cherlet2, Marie Lang3

1SPACEBEL, Belgium; 2EC Joint Research Center, Italy; 3Université de Liège, Belgium

Automatic Detection Of Urban Vacant Land: An Open-Source Approach For Sustainable Cities

Shaojuan Xu1,2, Manfred Ehlers2

1Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development, Germany; 2Osnabrück University, Germany

Earth Observation for Sustainable Development in Urban Areas: Results and Achievements from ESA’s EO4SD-Urban project

Manuela Hirschmugl1,4, Jan Kolomaznik2, Tomas Soukup2, Amelie Broszeit3, Carina Sobe1, Herwig Proske1

1Joanneum Research, Austria; 2GISAT; 3GAF AG; 4University of Graz, Institute of Geography and Regional Science

An Integrated Deprived Area Mapping “System”

Monika Kuffer1, Dana Thomson2, Gianluca Boo2, Ron Mahabir3, Tais Grippa4, Sabine Vanhuysse4, Joao Porto de Albuquerque5, Ryan Engstrom6, Robert Ndugwa7, Jack Makau8, Caroline Kabaria9

1University of Twente, ITC, The Netherlands; 2University of Southampton, Geography and Environmental Science UK; 3George Mason University, Department of Computational and Data Sciences, USA; 4Université Libre de Bruxelles, IGEAT, Belgium; 5Warwick University, Institute for Global Sustainable Development, UK; 6George Washington University, Department of Geography, USA; 7UN-Habitat, GUO, Kenya; 8Slum Dwellers International, Kenya; 9African Population and Health Research Center, Kenya

Urbanisation and Ground Deformation Patterns in Khulna, Bangladesh in the Context of a Climate Change Adapted Urban Planning

Nicolas Jakob Wagener, Lukas Wimmer, Andre Cahyadi Kalia

Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), Germany

Supporting Urban Sanitation Management Through The Integration Of EO-based Indicators

Barbara Riedler1, Johannes Nödel1, Rosi Siber2, Nienke Andriessen2, Linda Strande2, Stefan Lang1

1University of Salzburg, Austria; 2Eawag, Switzerland

E-shape: Fostering And bridging The European Earth Observation Ecosystem

Francesca Piatto

EARSC, Belgium

Remote Sensing As Support To Cartography Of The Quality Of Water At The Prefecture Of Mohammedia (Marroco)

Rachida El Morabet1, Larbi Bahrazi2, Soufiane Bouhafa3

1faculté des lettre et des sciences humaines Mohammedia Maroc; 2faculté des lettre et des sciences humaines Mohammedia Maroc; 3faculté des lettre et des sciences humaines Mohammedia Maroc

Vegetation Dynamics in African Drylands: A Remote Sensing Based Assessment Using the Vegetation Degradation Index in an Agro-Pastoral Region of Botswana

Felicia Olufunmilayo Akinyemi1, Margaret O. Kgomo2

1Universität Bern, Bern, Switzerland; 2Department of Wildlife and National Parks, Serowe, Botswana


6:00pm - 6:15pm


Closing ceremony



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