Remote Sensing laboratory
The Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL) is the leading group in Israel for imaging spectroscopy (IS) , soil spectroscopy and remote sensing applications dedicated for soil mapping and environmental monitoring. The IS technology is recently being utilized in many disciplines such as: medicine, veterinary, civil engineering and precision agriculture. Recently RSL has been declared by the Ministry of Science as an excellence center for Imaging Spectroscopy and has funded to establish a national group in this field. The RSL is expert in field and airborne campaigns in national and international levels and has gained significant experience to that end. RSL has a strong connections with leading remote sensing center worldwide and close collaboration with many others international groups such as DLR, GFZ, NASA and CSIRO. The group hold a very detailed soil library that were analyzed in the laboratory for the exact chemistry and mineral composition. The RSL has a worldwide reputation in soil remote sensing and soil spectroscopy. The RSL’s graduate students find prestige positions at the academia, governmental institutes and at the private sector both at national and international wide.
The projects in the laboratory are financed by governmental administration (infrastructure, science, environment and agriculture), private sectors, local municipalities, the European community and bi national funds. More than 200 peer reviewed, proceedings papers and book chapters are the outcrop of the laboratory since 1997. The papers are focusing mostly on new methodologies for remote sensing of soil, water, atmosphere, rocks and sand. Recently RSL has been declared by the Ministry of Science as an excellence center for Imaging Spectroscopy and has funded to establish a national group in this field. The core for this activity is supported by the Ministry of Science under a project entitled: "Establishing of a National Infrastructure for Imaging Spectroscopy Remote Sensing (IS) Processing: Quantitative Novel Approaches to Map the Earth's Surface ". A continue activity to that end is a new project entitled ” Developing Hyperspectral remotes sensing capability in the Thermal Region” by ISA.
The RSL is expert in field and airborne campaigns and has gained significant experience to that end. The RSL calibration validation activity is focusing in two fields: in-flight calibration of airborne HSR sensor and standardization the procedure to acquire reflectance information at very high level in the laboratory. The laboratory is composed of 2 faculty members, 5 PhD students, 4 MSc students and two technicians. Please refer to “Google scholar” (Ben Door Eyal, Alexandra Chudnovsky) for more detail information on the scientific outcrops of RSL.