Field Spectroscopy Lab
The Lab is equipped with 5 field spectroradiometers (GER1500, SVC HR-1024, ASD hand-held 2) with coverage from 350nm up to 2500 nm, white spectralon panels, fire optic probes & diffuser, underwater enclosure for GER 1500 spectroradiometer, open sky integrating cosine receptor sphere, leaf reflctance probe system, integrating calibration sphere, HgAR & Krypton spectral calibration lamps, software for processing spectroradiometric data. All the equipment is suitable to collect ground truth spectroradiometric data over different targets such as rocks, soils, water bodies and vegetation. The Lab is capable of performing instrument calibration and testing. Applications include environmental monitoring and assessment, agriculture, water quality, geology, forestry, industrial, defense and intelligence, etc. Meteorological Stations Various meteorological stations, located in different.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) i n cooperation with the Cyprus Remote Sensing Society
The Remote Sensing Lab, in cooperation with the Cyprus Remote Sensing Society, is equipped with various UAV systems for remote sensing applications. The UAV systems include long range flght coverage with the QuestUAV glider and short range flght coverage with various drone systems. The drone systems have the capability to lift heavy payloads, such as spectroradiometers and other sensors. Also, a low altitude helium balloon is used for various applications. The Lab’s UAV flet includes the following:
- Heavy-lift Octokopter UAV system capable for lifting SLR cameras and spectroradiometers
- Hexacopter UAV system for spectroscopy, multispectral and thermal imagery acquisition
- Quadcopter UAV systems for aerial photography, photogrammetry and spectroscopy
- Aerial survey QuestUAV with long range system capabilities equipped with multiple camera sensors for NDVI and high resolution imaging. The UAV is capable of producing highly precise, survey grade 2D orthomosaics, 3D surface models and point clouds. The unit has a twin NDVI sensor, which is suitable for high resolution analysis of vegetation and crop health as well as high quality ortho and DEM generation. The UAV is flxible in launching and also features a parachute recovery system for landing. It is fully autonomous, as it provides auto-launch, waypoint navigation, task/payload management and auto-recovery
- A 3 meter diameter low altitude helium balloon remote sensing system with spectroradiometer and multispectral camera. The UAV systems can be used for a wide range of remote sensing applications, including agriculture, land survey with up to 2 cm resolution, archaeology, cultural heritage, cadastral surveys, high altitude surveys, forestry, land management, aerial photography, photogrammetry, surveillance, etc.
The Remote Sensing Lab is equipped with several high resolution and specialized cameras, which include the following:
- NDVI Camera: Canon ENDVI (MaxMax) is able to capture Enhanced Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (ENDVI), d e s i g n e d for Vegetation Stress (12.1 megapixels at 4000 x 3000 pixels)
- Multi-Spectral Camera: Multi-spectral Agricultural Digital Camera (ADC) for multispectral imaging of crop canopies and vegetation for extraction of standard vegetation indices (such as NDVI, SAVI, canopy segmentation and NIR/Green ratios) from the captured images
- Infrared cameras: Modified infrared cameras with blocking fiters of 650nm, 720nm and 760nm
- Thermal camera: The Optris PI LightWeight thermal camera system allows for radiometric imaging with 382 x 288 pixels in 12 ms per frame from the air
Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)
Ground penetrating radar systems can detect changes in the geometry of subsurface interfaces, which is useful in surveying below ground. The MALA ProEx System offers a versatile, real-time full range ground penetrating radar system with ground penetration up to 10 meters. Applications include archaeology, cultural heritage, utility lines and other buried objects.
The RS Lab is equipped with various stateof-the-art GPS systems that are able to receive both GPS and GLONASS signals and are used for surveying, mapping and stakeouts. With this technology, accurate signal tracking can be performed and RTK measurements can be verifid to ensure reliable results with high accuracy.
The Leica ScanStation C10 laser scanner may scan up to 50,000 points per second, while the accuracy up to ±6mm/50m distance. The field of view of the Scan Station is 360o x 270o. The instrument may be used for documentation purposes of Cultural Heritage sites and monuments as well for documentation of buildings and structures.