How can emerging remote sensing technologies support the digital mapping and monitoring of soils? To find answers on this question, experts in Hyperspectral Remote Sensing, under the framework of EUFAR's Expert Working Groups activity, met to discuss "Implementation of Soil Spectroscopy for digital mapping and monitoring of soils: Towards space applications and Technology Transfer Office activities". Held at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences (Potsdam, Germany) from 28 to 29 September 2016, the workshop was organised jointly by the GFZ section Remote Sensing unit and the Tel-Aviv University (Israel), with funding and logistical support from EUFAR.
Hyperspectral imagery - a technology that collects and processes information from across the electromagnetic spectrum, bears a large potential for the characterisation of soil properties and the generation of comprehensive soil maps. This potential has not yet been fully exploited due to limitations in data availability and availability of adequate software tools.
The workshop gathered 35 young scientists and experts in the field of hyperspectral remote sensing of soils, from 24 institutes representing 15 countries, to discuss new potentials for the development and standardisation of soil spectral libraries. Further topics addressed during the workshop included spatial mapping applications from upcoming hyperspectral satellites, and commercial applications of technologies. The discussions were supported by lectures from worldwide leading experts in the field and demonstration exercises with new instrumentation, data analyses, and image processing software.