Mar 05, 2012


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Dear Colleagues,

We are looking forward to receiving your abstracts for the 3rd EARSeL Workshop Advances in Remote Sensing for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Management to be held in Ghent, Belgium, from 19-22 September 2012. For further details and information on abstract submission and registration please visit

Keynotes (Wednesday, 19 September):
Dr. Mario Hernandez, UNESCO, Paris, France
Dr. Fabio Remondino, FBK-3DOM, Trento, Italy
Dr. Michael Doneus, LBI Vienna, Austria

Excursion (Saturday, 22 September):
In addition, we are happy to announce that on Saturday, September 22 we plan an excursion to some of the most interesting cultural sites and landscapes of the province of Western Flanders. The excursion will be organised by Ghent University, in collaboration with the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres.

Highlights on the tour are the In Flanders Fields Museum and the Ypres Salient with Hill 60 (confrontation aerial photography, WW I heritage and present day landscape), Mount Kemmel, and the Dunes Abbey on Koksijde.

Transport, food and admission fees are all included in the conference fee.

Best regards,
Gesine Boettcher
on behalf of the Organisers

Aims and scope

After the overview provided by the Rome meeting in 2008, the Gent workshop will be focused on strategical issues which involve not only the knowledge improvement but also the contribution of Remote Sensing for a sustainable management of cultural resources not only in Europe but also and mainly in emerging and developing countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America.

The cultural and practical interconnections between Environment, Culture and Territory are the framework of the third EARSeL Workshop in Gent. The scientific committee selected some priority themes related to:

  • fields of application such as the use of Remote Sensing for risk management and cultural and natural heritage, interconnection between environmental, climatic changes and dynamics of human frequentation, the aware fruition of material and immaterial witnesses of ancient civilizations;
  • methodologies such as development of ad hoc semiautomatic and automatic approach for extracting cultural information, integration and fusion of passive and active remotely sensed data, remote sensing and geospatial analysis for preventive archaeology, palaeoenvironmental investigation and risk management; and
  • cooperation strategies for the creation of a permanent platform for data and knowledge sharing.

Topics for the conference include but are not limited to:

  • From aerial photo to declassified satellite images: the study of landscape over time by means of historical data source
  • From visual data interpretation to semiautomatic and automatic procedures in an archaeological perspective
  • Remote Sensing, GIS and Geospatial analysis for the risk monitoring and management of cultural resources
  • Integration of space/air borne and ground remote sensing in Archaeogeophysics
  • The “LiDAR revolution” for site discovery and the reconstruction of historical landscapes
  • SAR and high resolution optical satellite imagery for palaeoenvironmental applications
  • Interactions between Environment and Human civilizations in the past: which approach by using Remote Sensing?
  • Geographic Information and Earth observation technologies for the protection and management of cultural resources in emerging countries of Asia and Latin America
  • Tools and ideas for creating a platform to share knowledge and data.

Methodological keywords

Cellular automata spatial modelling; change detection; classification; data fusion; data integration; data mining; edge detection; geomatics; geostatistics; geovisual analytics; image interpretation; image processing; linear and non linear statistical analysis; pansharpening; pattern recognition; segmentation; site catchment analysis ; space-temporal modelling; spatial autocorrelation; spatial extension of fuzzy set; spatial multicriteria decision analysis; spatial statistical models; viewshed analysis; visual exploratory data analysis.

Technologies and data sources

Airborne and spaceborne hypespectral data; LiDAR; multispectral very high and high resolution optical satellite imagery; open data source (Modis, Vegetation, etc..); SAR; thermal imaging; declassified intelligence satellite photographs.
Both papers and posters are welcome to be presented during the workshop.

  • Submission of abstracts: Feb 29, 2012
  • Notification of acceptance: April 1, 2012
  • Definitive Programme: May 1, 2012
  • Early Registration deadline: June 1, 2012