Work Packages

The work is organized into 8 work packages:

WP1: Management

To manage all legal, financial and administrative aspects of the project.

WP2: Scientific coordination

To scientifically coordinate the project in order to ensure that the project objectives and deliverables (quality and deadlines) are met. Communication between the INFORM participants and towards REA will be assured.

WP3: End-user interaction

Close interaction between INFORM participants and end-users at the kick-off and midterm meetings will ensure the algorithm developments are user-driven and the uptake of project results by end-users is streamlined.

WP4: Data gathering

A wealth of in-situ and airborne hyperspectral data for inland waters in Belgium, France, Italy, UK, Hungary, Lithuania, Germany, Austria and Switzerland are acquired by the INFORM participants and are available for WP5 algorithm development and validation and EO-model integration.

An inventory of existing quality controlled data will be made. Data gaps will be identified and filled with a development campaign (for WP5 and WP6) and a testing campaign (for WP7) for in-situ and airborne hyperspectral data acquisition. Upcoming satellite images will be simulated from airborne hyperspectral images (for WP5 and WP6) and acquired or simulated when not yet available (for WP7).

WP5: Algorithm development and validation

New and improved EO algorithms for inland water quality monitoring will be developed and validated based on existing and new in-situ and airborne hyperspectral data and synthetic upcoming satellite images. Uncertainty in EO products and in-situ measurements is estimated as input for WP6. Tasks are defined for the development and validation of each new and improved product.

WP6: EO-model integration

The water quality model will be set up for the two selected test cases. In-situ data obtained from the WP4-development campaign will be used for initial calibration and a quantitative assessment of the water quality model performance. EO data obtained from the WP4-development campaign will be used for a second enhanced calibration and a quantitative assessment of the water quality model performance (including calibration based on spatial patterns). In-situ and EO will be used for optimization/integrated calibration of the model. An algorithm will be developed for the calibration/optimization.

WP7: Demonstration

This WP will demonstrate to end-users the prototype algorithms applied to new satellite data, the use of INFORM EO products for the WQ models and WQ forecasting and will provide quality information of the products. The products will be tested for compliance with end-user requirements.

WP8: Dissemination

An INFORM website will be setup to assure proper dissemination of the project results towards end-users, industry, REA and space agencies. Project objectives, progress and results will be presented at conferences and meeting. The expected scientific results (new and improved algorithms, EO products-model integration, ...) will be published in peer-reviewed journals. A results uptake workshop will be organised.