Nordic Network for Baltic Sea Remote Sensing (NordBaltRemS)
With increasing requirements for the European Commission Water Framework Directive, monitoring of coastal areas is in the focus of research as well as related industries. Remote sensing is of special interest, as large areas can be sampled at once, beyond country borders and even automatically.
The Baltic Sea is highly polluted and is especially vulnerable to environmental changes. Issues that are particularly important in the Baltic Sea are monitoring of harmful algal blooms, and monitoring of snow and ice, necessary for safe travelling on ice. Remote sensing of the Baltic Sea is a challenge, as it is very heterogenic, contains large amounts of humic substances and often has a low solar angle. However, it has been shown that with dedicated and locally calibrated algorithms the remote sensing data can be used for monitoring. This requires well educated researchers and intense co-operation between all countries bordering the Baltic Sea.
In all Baltic Sea countries remote sensing research is carried out, some of them being world leading groups. However, most groups are relatively small and it is not feasible to organise courses at each university separately.
The aims of the NordBaltRemS are:
- Improving remote sensing of the Baltic Sea, by sharing expertise , for example at workshops at which scientific results and applications can be discussed
- Setting up hands-on and theoretical courses in all subjects relevant for Baltic Sea remote sensing research
- Creating possibilities for exchange visits, which provide students with the opportunity to work in one of the partner institutes for a short time to use dedicated equipment or learn specialised methods
- Intensify co-operation in the Nordic and Baltic region, including scientists, users (such as governmental institutes) and providers (small/medium enterprises). Except for adding to the theoretical knowledge and professional experience, this is will broaden the view of the involved partners.