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Wednesday 23rd August 2017

20:00 Welcome reception at Tartu Loodusmaja saal, Lille 10, Tartu


Thursday 24th August 2017

09:00 Bus departure to Tartu Observatory from Tartu (parking lot in front of Hotel Dorpat, Soola 6, Tartu)

 09:3012:30 Registration and morning session

10:00 - 10:10     Opening remarks, Ranga Myneni, Boston University

10:10 – 10:40     Invited Keynote: Radiative transfer in vegetation and Juhan Ross, Tiit Nilson, Tartu Observatory  (pdf)

10:40 – 11:00     Legacies of Juhan Ross (1925-2002), Paul Jarvis (1935-2013) and Piers Sellers (1955-2016) in Earth System Models,

                            Richard Essery, University of Edinburgh (pdf)

11:00 – 11:30     Coffee break + posters

11:30 – 11:50     20 years of algorithms for the derivation of global vegetation products from European medium resolution sensors,

                            Marie Weiss, INRA  (pdf)

11:50 – 12:10     Influence of Sky Radiation on Vegetated Surface Reflectance, Yves Govaerts, Rayference  (pdf)    

12:10 – 12:30     Two decades of systematic radiation transfer model intercomparison (RAMI), Jean-Luc Widlowski, JRC–EC  (pdf)

12:30 – 14:00     Lunch


14:00 – 17:20  Afternoon session

14:00 – 14:20     Ecosystem services under changing climate, Oleg Anisimov, State Hydrological Institute, Russian Federation (pdf)

14:20 – 14:40     Leaf optical properties: what is the challenge? Stéphane Jacquemoud, IPGP-Paris Diderot University (pdf)

14:40 – 15:00     Angular Normalization of Satellite Observations of Sun-induced Chlorophyll Fluorescence as an Improved Proxy
                             of Vegetation Productivity
, Jing Ming Chen, University of Toronto (pdf)

15:00 – 15:40     Coffee break + posters

15:40 – 16:00     Extremely high spatial resolution (cm-mm) observations for deriving vegetation characteristics: Recent advances,
                             Fred Baret, INRA-EMMAH

16:00 – 16:20     Seasonal changes of spectral reflectance in Alaskan boreal forests,
                            Hideki Kobayashi, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology

16:20 – 16:40     DART recent advances in remote sensing modeling: vegetation and urban radiative budget, chlorophyll fluorescence,

                             atmosphere, polarization, Jean-Philippe Gastellu-Etchegorry, Cesbio - Université Paul Sabatier (pdf)

16:40 – 17:00     Discussions, posters, group photo

17:00                   Bus to Tartu

19:00                   Symposium Dinner at Ülikooli kohvik, Ülikooli 20, Tartu


Friday, 25th August 2017

8:30       Bus departure to Tartu Observatory from Tartu (parking lot in front of Hotel Dorpat, Soola 6, Tartu)


9:0013:10 Morning session

09:00 – 9:40       Invited Keynote: 3D radiative transfer equation as the theoretical basis for vegetation remote sensing,
                            Yuri Knyazikhin, Boston University

09:40 – 10:00     Using the EPIC/DSCOVR O2 B-band for monitoring vegetation dynamics, Alexander Marshak, NASA/GSFC  (pdf)

10:00 – 10:20     Accounting for scattering asymmetry in recollision probability models, Philip Lewis, UCL (pdf)                

10:20 – 10:40     A unified 3D model for optical reflectance and microwave backscattering, Huaguo Huang, Beijing Forestry University (pdf)

10:40 – 11:10     Coffee break + posters  

11:10 – 11:30     Use of spatial context information during RTM inversion, Clement Atzberger, BOKU Vienna  (pdf)             

11:30 – 11:50     Canopy Polarized BRDF Simulation based on Non-stationary Monte Carlo 3-D Vector RT Modeling,
                             Abdelaziz Kallel, Digital Research Centre of Sfax (pdf)

11:50 – 12:10     Forest carbon balance estimation with the help of optical satellite data and modeling, Tuomas Häme, VTT  (pdf)

12:10 – 12:30     WorldView-2 calibration experiment at Järvselja, Andres Kuusk, Tartu Observatory  (pdf)

12:30 – 13:00     Concluding remarks/discussion

13:00 – 14:20     Lunch

14:30                   Bus to Tartu



  • Understanding the quality of field measurements used to validate EO-derived biophysical parameters: A 3D Radiative Transfer modelling approach, Jennifer Adams, JRC/UCL (pdf)
  • Moving towards traceable fAPAR validation using radiative transfer models with 3D forest structure, Niall Origo, NPL/UCL (pdf)
  • Generality of relationships between leaf pigment contents and spectral vegetation indices, Lea Hallik, Tartu Observatory (pdf)
  • Seasonality of albedo and FAPAR in a boreal forest, Aarne Hovi, Aalto University (pdf)
  • Measured and modelled bidirectional reflectance of mature hemiboreal forests, Joel Kuusk, Tartu Observatory (pdf)
  • Juhan Ross legacy in remotely monitoring of forested areas, Urmas Peterson and Jaan Liira, Tartu Observatory/Tartu University
  • On the relationship between photon recollision probability and foliage clumping derived from MODIS BRDF data in vegetation canopies, Jan Pisek, Tartu Observatory
  • Modelling primary productivity in northern Europe using the process-based model BEPS, Kairi Raabe, Tartu Observatory
  • Development and characterization of radiometric instruments at Tartu Observatory, Riho Vendt, Tartu Observatory
  • Detecting changes in forest structure using repeated ALS measurements, Tauri Arumäe, Estonian University of Life Sciences/RMK