The 10th AIT International Conference

Call for Abstract

With great pleasure, the Italian Society of Remote Sensing – AIT invites you to attend the 10th AIT International Conference “Planet Care from Space”.

The event will take place in Cagliari (Italy), September 13-15, 2021.

We hope to meet you in Cagliari, but if all safety conditions due to COVID-19 couldn’t be assured, we are ready to organize the best Remote Conference with the direct involvements of all participants.

The AIT Conferences, workshops, seminars, and summer schools on Remote Sensing have a long and successful history over the last 30 years. Since 2016, the AIT Conferences subsequently took place every 2 years, moving in addition to an international connotation.

The 2021 Conference will provide opportunities for both creating a scientific-operational “networking” and giving presentations on a wide range of theoretical and applied topics. The “Planet Care from Space” title is mainly addressed to Geo-Envi-Hazards and Climate Change investigations, recognizing and reinforcing the important role of Remote Sensing technologies for both global environmental protection and mitigation of the climate changes effects in our society.

New showcases and applications by young technicians/researchers will be an important part of this conference, enhancing the role of the integrated knowledge of environmental dynamics and their interactions with human activities.

We wish you, your families, and your loved ones all the best for the months ahead and look forward to seeing you at the AIT 2021 Conference on our wonderful Island.

All the necessary information, also for submitting abstracts on the conference website


Geomatics and Forests: Current and Future Opportunities and Challenges

Research Topic

Call for paper open

This Research Topic intends to assemble high-quality contributions that provide an overview and critical review of ongoing geomatics applications in the forest sector in the light of climate change, claiming for experiences that could highlight the role, or the need, of standardization of both data and procedures. Contributions from authors should not just report case studies but more properly highlight opportunities, limitations, and concerns still persisting in this context.

Topic Editors: Enrico Borgogno Mondino, Vanina Fissore, Brian J Palik

Submission Deadlines
11 January 2021 Abstract
11 May 2021 Manuscript

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MicroRad 2020 has been transformed in a virtual event, that will be held from 16 to 20 November 2020, on the WebEx platform


Copernicus e la gestione intelligente delle aree urbane

L’evento è organizzato congiuntamente dal Politecnico di Milano, dallo User Forum e dalla rete degli Academy nazionali, e vede la partecipazione di rappresentanti della Commissione Europea e di agenzie esecutive – ECMWF, JRC – nell’ambito della componente dei servizi operativi di Copernicus.

L’obiettivo è far conoscere l’utilità degli strumenti operativi nel campo dell’osservazione della Terra, della Geomatica e della Geoinformazione, nonché le tecnologie informatiche e per la comunicazione, di cui il Programma Europeo Copernicus rappresenta attualmente la maggiore e più efficace integrazione ed espressione complessiva.

Il workshop si rivolge a largo spettro al settore formativo dell’assistenza tecnico-scientifica, accademico e della ricerca, ai soggetti pubblici e privati.  Una sessione pratica affronterà i temi specifici della descrizione delle zone climatiche nella città di Milano e dell’estrazione di informazioni dai Social Media in situazioni di emergenza.

Informazioni e iscrizioni al presente link:


Premio Nazionale di Laurea “Eugenio Zilioli” – 16a Edizione (2020)

Per onorare la memoria del dott. Eugenio Zilioli, già responsabile della Sezione di Milano, il CNR-IREA bandisce un premio per una tesi di laurea sviluppata sui temi di pertinenza dell’Istituto.

Il premio per l’anno 2020 è di euro 2.000 (pari contributo di CNR-IREA e AIT) e riguarderà una tesi di Laurea Magistrale, conseguita dopo il 31 agosto 2019, relativa alle tematiche di Osservazione della Terra e in particolare alle tecniche di Telerilevamento passivo.

Le domande devono pervenire entro il 15 Settembre 2020.

Tutte le informazioni qui:

European Journal of Remote Sensing

European Journal of Remote Sensing

EuJRS: another excellent increase in Impact Factor!
2019: IF 2.808


Online EO Summit and Copernicus Roadshow open to registration

The EO4GEO (WWW.EO4GEO.EU) EO Summit and the Copernicus Eyes on Earth Roadshow will take place online due to the pandemic, on 2-3 June.

The EO4GEO EO Summit brings together representatives of academic, business, NGO and public sector being involved in or having interest for Earth Observation and related areas. The goal is to look in a multidisciplinary manner at the future occupational profiles, necessary curricula, interconnections and tools in the Earth Observation domain with the special focus on user uptake of Copernicus programme. The summit will:

  • Connect real-world problems and work processes as starting point for
  • case-based learning scenario’s
  • Present how to design curricula based on the work processes modelled.
  • Demonstrate Body of Knowledge (BoK) for GI*EO and Curricula Design Tool
  • Provide view how could companies make use of BoK and tools:
  • Occupational Profile Tool and Job Offer Tool
  • Present scenario’s for learning actions
  • provide opportunity to attend sessions presenting EU agencies and
  • programs related to space and space technologies.


Il Politecnico di Torino ha messo online la seconda puntata della rubrica #laricercanonsiferma: Piero Boccardo, docente del DIST, spiega come le immagini satellitari siano utili per la produzione di cartografie di emergenza contro il #CoronavirusGuarda la puntata su IGTV Cliccando sull’immagine


New article published by Annals of Forest Science

Can we monitor coppice clearcuts from Satellite?

Monitoring forest clear cut is considered crucial to quantify and to mesure sustainible forest management Indicator.  The new research paper focus on the use of Landsat Time series data to quantify forest recovery rate of coppice clearcuts.
We used a refernce ground dataset of clearcut among a period fifteen yars (1999-2015) and we found that:

  • Coppice clearcuts can be study from satellite images analyzing the spectral trajectories derived by multitemporal satellite data;
  • The  Vegetation Index spectral trajectories analysis  can be use to detect the year of clearcut and the revovery rate of forests;
  • Clearcut areas in coppice forests have a very rapid post- harvest recovery (i.e. 2-4 years) comparing to the ones reported by other authors for boreal and continental forests (i.e. >10 years)
  • Thanks to the Canopy Height Model derived by Airborne Laser Scanner data we measured height increment of coppice forest that is approximattelly 1 meter per year in the first 10 years after the cut.

The full paper is available in Annals of Forest Science at this link


New article published by “Computers & Geosciences”: the R package “sen2r”

sen2r is an R package developed by the Institute of Remote Sensing of Environment (IREA) of the Italian National Research Council, with the aim to simplify and speed up several steps commonly needed to process Sentinel-2 data. Recently, an important recognition to the worth and usefulness of this tool came from the ISI journal Computers & Geosciences, publishing the scientific paper “sen2r”: An R toolbox for automatically downloading and preprocessing Sentinel-2 satellite data.

Up to the 14th of May 2020, it is possible to get free access to the manuscript at this link:

The paper provides an overview of the functionalities of the package, including the description of a use case in the framework of a Service-Oriented Architecture (further information can be found at this link).

sen2is released with license GNU GPL-3, so it can be freely accessed and modified by users. The complete reference to the article, here reported, is to be used in scientific works that exploit the package:

Ranghetti, M. Boschetti, F. Nutini, L. Busetto (2020). “sen2r: An R toolbox for automatically downloading and preprocessing Sentinel-2 satellite data”. Computers & Geosciences, 139, 104473. DOI: 10.1016/j.cageo.2020.104473, URL: