Progress in the use of UAS Techniques for Environmental Monitoring

Workshop will be held at the Institute of Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Průhonice, Czech Republic, during 27th February to 1st March 2019 as a part of COST Action CA16219 HARMONIOUS – Harmonization of UAS techniques for agricultural and natural ecosystems monitoring


  • Wednesday 27 February (9 am to 5:45 pm; from 7 pm – optional social gathering in the Prague Center) – Workshop with COST Action Lectures and invited speakers (registration is closed)
    + practical sessions – MicMac (E. Rupnic); Advanced processing in Agisoft Photoscan (J. Šedina, G4D)
  • Thursday 28 February – Working Groups meetings with cross interaction between WGs (9am to 5:45 pm)  – 5 parallel sessions (reserved for COST HARMONIOUS members only)
  • Friday 1 March (9 am to 1 pm) – Management Committee and Summary of the Activities of WGs (reserved for COST HARMONIOUS members only)

How to get to Průhonice


Workshop 27. 2 2019

(registration is closed)

8:30 – 9:00 – Registration

9:00 – 9:15 – Welcome and Introduction  

9:15 – 9:30 – HARMONIOUS Activities – S. Manfreda, B. Toth

1st session -Vegetation Monitoring

9:30 – 9:45 – Timing and scale matters: unmanned aircraft vs. satellite imagery in plant invasion monitoring – J. Müllerová, T. Bartaloš, J. Brůna, P. Dvořák, M. Vítková

9:45 – 10:00 – Woody vegetation monitoring combining high-resolution multi-spectral UAV imagerya case study from a sub-arid region in Israel, R. Kent, H. Dan, I. Shapira, A. Perlberg and I. Levinsky:

10:00 – 10:15 – Does BRDF information from overlapping UAV images improve grassland yield mapping in northern Norway?  – C. Davids and M. Jørgensen

10:15 – 10:30 – Estimation crop physical parameters from UAV RGB imagery and deep learning – M. Polinova, K. Salinas and A. Brook

10:30 – 10:45 – DRONE AND SENTINEL-2 Data application for mapping of mowing effects on reed stands in the Plateliai lake (Lithuania) – M. Bučas, E. Tiškus and V. Stragauskaitė

10:45 – 11:00 – Evaluating Remote indices from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) on European marginal land – F. Gnädinger, M. Obermeier and P. Schröder

11:00 – 11:30 – Coffee Break

2nd Session Water Monitoring

11:30 – 11:45 FISHSTREAM: Determining Surface Velocity Fields near Fish Passages at Hydropower Dams – D. Strelnikova, G. Paulus, K.-H. Anders, P. Mayr, S. Kaefer, H. Mader and R. Schneeberger

11:45 – 12:00 Empirical Comparison of Shallow Water Bathymetry Data – UAS MultiView Stereo Photogrammetry versus Single Beam Echo Sounding – G. Paulus, K.-H. Anders and M. Erlacher

12:00 – 12:15 Grain curve estimation for riverbed sediment using UAV-borne multispectral imagery and Green Airborne Laser Scanning – M. Góraj, L. Hejduk and J. Chormański

12:15 – 12:30 Field applications of infrared thermography: estimation of hydrological and hydraulic variables – J. de Lima, J. M. Gonçalves and I. de Lima

12:30 – 12:45 UAV monitoring of fluvial dynamics of the montane streams – J. Langhammer and T. Lendzioch

12:45-14:00 Poster session, Lunch, Commercial presentations

Poster Session:

  • Innovative integration of UAV and geophysics techniques for monitoring Natural Arches in Malta and Gozo: the case study of Wied Il-Mielah (Gozo) – E. Colica, S. D’Amico, S. Martino, R. Iannucci, A. Paciello and P. Galea:
  • Evapotranspiration response of Populus nigra to well-watered and moderate drought conditions – F. Tauro, A. Maltese, R. Giannini, G. Ciraolo, A. Harfouche and S. Grimaldi
  • SEBAL calibration for increasing accuracy of crop evapotranspiration measurements, under Mediterranean climatic conditions –  G. Papadavid and D. Hadjimitsis: •
  • Evapotranspiration for different wasteland types: Warsaw case study – W. Ciężkowski, M. Góraj, P. Sikorski and J. Chormański:
  • A method for up-scaling the assessed soil ecological functional state with the use of UAS data – M. Tsiafouli, M. Papadopoulou, A.  Tsavdaridou, B. Marteinsdóttir and S. Sgardelis
  • Forest microclimate and its modelling with remote sensing – V. Kašpar, L. Hederová, M. Kopecký, M. Macek, J. Müllerová and J. Wild
  • Crowdsourcing and UAS help to fight plant invasions – J. Brůna, J. Janák, J. Müllerová, T. Bartaloš, P. Dvořák, M. Vítková

3th Session Morphological and Soil Monitoring

14:00-14:30 Accuracy estimation and optimization of UAV photogrammetric 3D models – selected real case-studies realized with the free open source photogrammetric suite “MicMac”  – E. Rupnik (invited)

14:30-15:00 Photogrammetric considerations for SfM-based topographic modelling – M. James (invited)

15:00-15:15 Spatio-temporal data fusion for monitoring terrain of olive plantations in the South of Spain – J. M. Jurado Rodríguez, L. Martínez Cartas and F. Feito

15:15-15:30 Thermal emission of soil surfaces assessed from temperature data recorded by UAV-thermal sensors – E. Schmaltz and P. Strauss

15:30 – 15:45 – Coffee Break, Posters, Commercial Communication

15:45 – 17:45 – SfM Training

Processing with MicMac –  E. Rupnic

Advanced processing in Agisoft Photoscan – J. Šedina, G4D

From 19:00 – Social gathering at the city center – Pub U Šumavy (optional, at your own expense) – see, where it is

Special Issues

The best oral presentations will be selected for publication on one of the two Special Issues:

1) Progress on the Use of UAS Techniques for Environmental Monitoring on Remote Sensing (MDPI, IF 3.406)

2) Hydrological and Environmental Modeling: From Observations to Predictions on Water (MDPI, IF 2.069)


The workshop will be held at the premises of Institute of Botany in the Průhonice castle. Conference hall is actually beautifully restored Knight’s hall of the castle.

Průhonice are located at the outskirt of Prague. Průhonice castle and surrounding park are designated as Czech National Historic Landmark and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The venue is served by Prague public transport. How to find us


Organizing comittee

Jana Mullerová (Institute of Botany, Czech Republic)

Salvatore Manfreda (Università degli Studi della Basilicata, Italy)

Petr Dvořák (Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic)

Josef Brůna (Institute of Botany, Czech Republic)

We thank to our sponsor: