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HIGHROC Science Conference (7-9 Nov. 2017)

The HIGHROC science conference will take place from 7 to 9 November 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. The conference objective is to gather the international community to deal with latest progresses in processing and analyzing ocean colour remote sensing images with the final objective to improve coastal water monitoring.

A large variety of ocean colour space borne data (e.g. Sentinel2/MSI, Sentinel3/OLCI, Landsat8/OLI, MODIS, VIIRS, MSG/SEVIRI) is currently available and has potential applications in coastal waters. HIGHROC scientific conference aims to share progresses and dealt with challenges relative to the exploitation of these data. It implies image processing and algorithm development for atmospheric correction but also water quality parameters (e.g. chlorophyll concentration, suspended particulate matter, turbidity). In situ measurements and validation issues will be also dealt with. To meet the high spatio-temporal resolution requirements of coastal regions, contributions involving sensors with high spatial resolution such as Landsat8/OLI or sentinel2/MSI and high temporal resolution (e.g. geostationary sensors) are largely encouraged in addition to ocean colour dedicated sensors.

Best poster prizes

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[Right] Sabine Marty presenting her poster. [Left] Sorin Constantin (up) and Kristi Uudeberg (bottom) with François Steinmetz receiving their prices

The public prize for the best poster went to the poster presented by Sabine Marty (NIVA): "Monitoring of Norwegien waters using FerryBox and satellite: the Glomfjord case study"

The jury prize for the best poster went to the posters presented by Sorin Constantin (LOV/TERRASIGNA): "Dynamics of Suspended particulate matter in a macro-tidel river plume (the Gironde) as observed by Ocean Color satellite data" and Kristi Uudeberg (TARTU OBSERVATORY): "Estimation of the lakes optical water types from satellite images". The jury was composed of François Steinmetz (HYGEOS), Vittorio Brando (CNR) and Marieke Eleveld (DELTARES).

Scientific committee

  • Kevin Ruddick (RBINS, Belgium)
  • Kate Collingridge (CEFAS, UK)
  • David Doxaran (LOV, France)
  • Rodney Forster (UHULL, UK)
  • Els Knaeps (VITO, Belgium)
  • Héloïse Lavigne (RBINS, Belgium)
  • Carole Lebreton (Brockmann Consult, Germany)
  • Kai Sorensen (NIVA, Norway)
  • Aida Alvera Azcarate (ULG, Belgium)
  • Vittorio Brando (CNR, Italy)
  • Ana Dogliotti (IAFE, Argentina)
  • Marieke Eleveld (DELTARES, Netherlands)
  • Tiit Kutser (University of Tartu, Estonia)
  • Ewa Kwiatkowska (EUMETSAT, Germany)
  • Constant Mazeran (SOLVO, France)
  • Fabrizio Niro (ESA-ESRIN, Italy)
  • Young-Je Park (KIOST, Korea)
  • François Steinmetz (HYGEOS, France)

Local organisation committee

Local Organisation committee:

  • Kelle Moreau
  • Kevin Ruddick
  • Héloïse Lavigne
  • Yolande Maes
  • Angélique Berhault


Program overview
HIGHROC overview program

An updated version of the detailed program is available. Please, be aware this program may change. PROGRAM ABSTRACTS

On Tuesday 07/11, the ice breaker cocktail will be held at hotel bloom at 6pm.

On Wednesday 08/11, for the social event, an escape game ( The escape hunt experience) is organised. Two sessions are planned: one from 19:00 to 20:30 and another one from 20:30 to 22:00.

HIGHROC ePosters

To submit your HIGHROC poster on ePoster. (1) Create an account here. (2) Upload your poster as a pdf and (3) when asked if you are presenting the poster as part of a conference, select 'Yes' and choose 'HIGHROC Science Conference' from the dropdown list.

Training sessions

Three trainig sessions will be organized during the conference

♦ SNAP (on Wednesday 08 Nov. at 16:00, duration: 45 minutes)

This training is provided by the HIGHROC partner Brockmann Consult. The tutorial provides an introduction to utilisation of the software SNAP for satellite image processing. Participants are asked to come with their own laptop with the last SNAP installed on it. SNAP can be downloaded here (scroll down that page and install the version suitable for your system).

♦ iCOR (on Wednesday 08 Nov. at 16:45, duration: 45 minutes)

This training is provided by the HIGHROC partner VITO. The tutorial provides an introduction to using the atmospheric image correction for land and water ( iCOR , previously known as OPERA) algorithm for Sentinel-2 and Landsat-8 images. iCOR is a plugin and can easily be installed in the ESA Sentinel Application Platform (SNAP). Participants are asked to come with their own laptop with SNAP and iCOR toolbox installed on it (see iCOR manual for installation).

♦ ACOLITE (on Thursday 09 Nov. at 10:00, duration: 60 minutes)

This training is provided by the HIGHROC partner RBINS. The tutorial provides an introduction to utilisation of the software ACOLITE for atmosperic correction and image processing of Landsat8/OLI and Sentinel2/MSI images. It allows simple and fast processing of L8 and S2A images for marine and inland water applications.

Practical informations for scientific presentations and posters

Presentations are expected to last no more than 15 minutes including questions. Presentations can be uploaded the day of the presentation, before the session starts. Power point (pptx) and pdf formats are possibles.

Posters are expected to be in the portrait orientation with size A0. They should be set up on Tuesday morning and remove the last day. To better advertize posters, each poster presenter will have 2 minutes, with about 2 slides, to present his poster during a plenary session.

Venue and practical informations

Conference will held in Hotel Bloom! in Brussels city center from 7th November 2017, 9am to 9th November 2017 4pm.

Hotel Bloom!
rue Royale 250
1200 Brussels

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