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19 – 21 October 2022 Frascati, Italy

2nd Workshop on International Cooperation in Spaceborne Imaging Spectroscopy


Imaging spectroscopy in the visible to shortwave infrared wavelength range, is a powerful tool for the remote sensing of Earth surface properties. Imaging spectroscopy measurements have a high diagnostic power: spectroscopic observations with hundreds of contiguous spectral channels provide detection sensitivity to a wide range of critical physical processes and materials. The technique has gradually evolved from technological demonstrations projects and scientific studies towards operational and commercial applications and is today one of the fastest growing research areas in remote sensing.

In the last years, the availability of high spatial resolution (i.e. 20-30 m pixel size) imaging spectroscopy data from space has tremendously increased thanks to the successful deployment of PRISMA (ASI), DESIS (DLR), HISUI (METI), and more recently EnMAP (DLR) and EMIT (NASA/JPL), paving the way for the development of future missions such as PRISMA Second Generation (ASI), SBG (NASA/JPL) and CHIME (ESA).

Building on the outcomes of the first edition of this Workshop in July 2019, and on the actual cooperation put in place between the Agencies, the main objective of this Workshop is to strengthen international coordination, synergies among current and future missions and to establish priority areas for future projects (e.g., the ESA Sentinel User Preparation initiative).

Workshop Objectives

  • Assess the status of current and planned international imaging spectroscopy missions for terrestrial and coastal applications
  • Review the main related activities and projects in the relevant science and operational application areas
  • Strengthen international cooperation and coordination in the space and ground segment operation, calibration and validation, products definition, data access and data exploitation

Workshop Main Topics

  • Harmonisation of data formats and products and their possible standardization
  • Harmonisation of atmospheric and topographic correction schemes/procedures
  • Harmonisation of pre-flight characterisation and in-flight cross-calibration of international missions
  • Mission calibration and data validation plans, data quality assurance and uncertainty quantification
  • Exchange and harmonisation of geo/biophysical parameter retrieval schemes
  • International joint airborne/field deployments/campaigns, especially over large regions and time series
  • Coordination of data acquisition plans, including by means of orbital phasing of international missions for improved revisit/coverage and establishment of longer time series
  • Potential synergies with other current and future space-based systems (e.g. US Landsat, Copernicus Sentinels)
  • Coordination of research and training activities
  • Definition of priority areas for future projects (e.g., the ESA Sentinel User Preparation initiative)


The Workshop participation is by invitation only, for any information you can contact

The Workshop sessions will include oral presentations and discussion rounds.

Abstracts of 200 – 400 words for presentations are to be submitted by 1 September 2022. The session topics, as guidance for the presentation submissions, are reported in the draft agenda.

The official language of the Workshop is English.

No participation/registration fee will be charged.

Participants are expected to finance their own travel and accommodation expenses. The intended audience includes international representatives from Space Agencies, scientists and applications experts active in the field of imaging spectroscopy for terrestrial and coastal applications.


The Abstract submission interface is now open, and we invite you to submit your abstract HERE along with your
selection of the topic and type of presentation (oral or poster) proposed
Note: Abstract length should be at least 200 words and maximum 400 words (one A4 page, single space normally contains 400-500 words).
Information about the co-authors (name, last name, affiliation, contact Email) is required


Contact info

For information regarding the submissions, author instructions, scientific committee related inquiries please contact :

Schedule and Deadlines

Deadline for event registrationextended8 September 2022
Deadline for abstract submissionextended8 September 2022
Confirmation of attendance by ESA12 September 2022
Final information and programme30 September 2022
Welcome email by ESA11 October 2022
Workshop19-21 October 2022

Final Agenda

Organizing Committee

Marco Celesti

European Space Agency (ESA)

Sabine Chabrillat

Gfz German Research Center For Geosciences, Germany

Robert Green

NASA JPL, United States

Uta Heiden

DLR, Germany

Ettore Lopinto

Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI), Italy

Charles Miller

NASA JPL, United States

Jens Nieke

European Space Agency (ESA)

Giuseppe Ottavianelli

European Space Agency (ESA)

Anke Schickling

DLR, Germany

David Schimel

NASA JPL, United States