Our researcher Patricio Acevedo and his graduate student Manuel Castro, both members of the Division of Digital Image Processing, attended in October 2013 to the “Latin American Remote Sensing Week (LARS).” The activity was organized by the Aerophotogrametric Service (FAS) of the Chilean Air Force and the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS), sponsored by ESRI and Astrium.
Professor Acevedo, who in this second LARS -the first was in October 2010 – was a member of the Scientific Committee, presented the talk “Detection of defoliation caused by Gonipterus scutellatus from Landsat / ETM +”. Meanwhile, Castro was in charge of the exhibition “Satellite Identification of soils affected by agricultural burning with use of neural networks.”
Professor Acevedo explained that in their study “we showed that by using satellite images we can monitor Eucalyptus affected by the plague Gonipterus scutellatus, in the Araucanía Region, as the basis for guiding geographically the monitoring effort”. On the other hand, “with Castro’s work on monitoring burned areas from satellites, it’s possible to control fulfillment of burning applications submitted by farmers to the National Forestry Corporation (CONAF)” he added. During the course of the event, “a joint work with professionals SAF was agreed to make applications of satellite technology from satellite images FASAT-Charlie”.
Acevedo also participated in the “National Forum on Remote Sensing and SIG” held in Valparaiso from October the 28th to October the 30th and organized by the National Oceanographic Committee (CONA) through the Working Group on Remote Sensing and SIG (PERSIG) and Universidad de Playa Ancha. At that time he presented the paper about the calculation of the Index Normalized Difference Vegetation (NDVI).”
While this activity was taking place, the organization confirmed Professor Acevedo as a member of the Working Group of the PERSIG National Oceanographic Committee. “This membership entails responsibilities of scientific opinion on issues of interest to the Nacional Oceanographic Committee (CONA) , that are propose and revise methodologies for the satellite remote sensing applications related to ocean science in our country” explained.
In parallel, the researchers contacted the company Geosoluciones to manage the donation of images provided by the geospatial information company RapidEye AG.