Core business

In the space sector, the Environmental Research and Innovation (ERIN) department of the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) is mainly active in the use of Earth Observation (EO) data for environmental and risk management applications. The focus of the research unit “Remote Sensing and Eco-hydrological Modelling” is geared towards a better use of EO data in operational water resources and ecosystem management tools and to integrate remote sensing data (satellite, airborne and ground) together with global navigation satellite systems for near real-time eco-hydrological, hydraulic, and crop growth modelling. These activities are supported by the “e-Science” research unit which is dedicated to handling the data deluge with experts in data analytics, statistics, data visualization, geocomputation and data management. ERIN is also active in studying how satellite networks will be integrated in future 5G-IoT (Internet of Things) systems, enabling efficient crisis management, and environmental monitoring. Current activities aim to evaluate performance of IoT application protocols on satellite links, using simulators and a real IoT-satellite testbed.

The results of the research activities find their main applications in environmental and industrial risk and crisis management (flood forecasting and mapping, damage assessment, risk analysis, critical infrastructures, maritime surveillance,…) and in applications related to food security and precision agriculture (plant stress detection, crop nitrogen management, assessment of crop water use, etc.).

The ERIN department is member in the Copernicus Relays network and the Copernicus Academy network.

Products & services

  • Development of retrieval algorithms for biochemical and structural parameters from vegetation, soils and for extracting hydrology-related variables such as evapotranspiration, soil moisture and flooded areas from EO data
  • Integration/assimilation of remote sensing data in eco-hydrological models
  • Integration of satellite, airborne and ground remote sensing data together with global navigation satellite systems and telecommunication for developing new space-based environmental applications
  • Big data for environmental informatics and Earth observation, including iGuess web-based platform for geospatial data
  • Optimization of IoT application protocols for satellite networks
  • Service activities for surveys, environmental monitoring, civil security using the thermal hyperspectral airborne platform
  • Technical means
  • Thermal hyperspectral airborne platform, including a lightweight and compact imaging radiometric spectrometer (Hyper-Cam-LW built by Telops), a stabilisation platform, an Image Motion Compensator mirror, a GPS/INS unit, and a visible boresighted camera
  • Airborne imaging spectrometer for simultaneous acquisition of VNIR and SWIR data (400-2500 nm), an ASD FieldSpec3 non-imaging spectrometer, a LI-COR LAI-2000 Plant Canopy Analyzer and a Minolta SPAD 502 DL Por- table Chlorophyll Meter for Leaf Area Index (LAI) and chlorophyll reference measurements in the canopy
  • Environmental observatory: weather stations, water level recorders, rainfall re- corders, automatic samplers, piezographs, suction cups, tensiometers, perma- nent ground humidity measurement probes, sampling bottles, illuminometer, portable aerosol spectrometer, environmental air quality monitoring vehicle
  • IoT-satellite integrated testbed

Major Space Catalogue projects

  • MAPRISK – Mapping of hydrological risk in real-time flood forecasting and in floodplain management
  • FLOODTRACKER – Tracking, sensing and predicting flood wave propagation using nomadic satellite communication systems and hydrodynamic models
  • LANDCOVER CCI – Global land cover map development for climate modelling applications
  • MOSQUITO - Monitoring and predicting urban floods using SAR Interferometric observations
  • SOC3D – 3D soil organic carbon monitoring using VNIR reflectance spectro-scopic techniques
  • HYPERSPEC – In-situ assessment of energy crops in Luxembourg using field and airborne hyperspectral remote sensing
  • SAVEWATER – Integrated satellite-UAV services for sustainable water management
  • PLANTSENS – Detection of plant stress using advanced thermal and spectral remote sensing techniques for improved crop management
  • TOPBOX – Time Series analysis of PROBA-V vegetation data tool BOX
  • PUBLIMAPE – Public information mapped to environmental events
  • M2MSAT – Light-weight application and transport protocol for future M2M applications

Main customers / collaborations

ESA, CNES, CSA, Ministry of Environment, Water Agency, Civil security, Ministry of Agriculture, Luxspace, HITEC Luxembourg, Geoville, Terrasphere, Aerovision BV, Aurea Imaging, Capgemini, VITO, TELOPS-Canada, University of Leuven (KUL), TU Vienna (AUT), University of Bristol (UK), space4environment, adwaïsEO, SES, EarthLab, Post Group, Cybercultus

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Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)
Environmental Research and Innovation (ERIN) department
41, rue du Brill
L-4422 Belvaux


Dr Lucien Hoffmann
Tel: +352 275 888 1
Fax: +352 275 885

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