The Second Innsbruck Summer School of Alpine Research 2017: Close Range Sensing Techniques in Alpine Terrain

by Sheryl Rose Reyes (comments: 0)

Martin Rutzinger (Institute of Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, Austrian Academy of Sciences) and Roderik Lindenbergh (Department of Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Delft University of Technology)

In July 2017, the 2nd edition of the summer school on close-range sensing techniques in alpine terrain took place at the Obergurgl University Centre (Austria) in the middle of the Alps. The summer school was hosted by the University of Innsbruck, the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the ISPRS. Thirty-nine international early-career scientists worked on selected topics from environmental monitoring in high mountain areas such as rock face mapping, vegetation monitoring, 3D change detection of landslides and rock glaciers, and riverbed erosion. The summer school is framed with selected Keynotes, including:

  • Laser scanning and challenges in alpine research (Norbert Pfeifer)
  • Terrestrial photogrammetry for glacier monitoring at high spatial and temporal resolution (Hans-Gerd Maas)
  • The Copernicus Programme and European Earth Observation activities from space (Thomas Geist)
  • Natural hazards in mountainous environments – assessing hazards and risks (Cees van Westen)
  • Monitoring high mountain Asia by remote sensing – Sentinel 2 and related data (Roderik Lindenbergh

The participants were introduced to different sensors and platforms such as terrestrial laser scanning, terrestrial photogrammetry, and UAV and thermography. During the summer school they worked the whole week together in study groups on a sensor-related mapping and monitoring assignment combining project planning, field data acquisition, data processing, and presentation.


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