Tag Archives: FLEX

Changing the properties of vegetated surfaces

We are learning more and more about the complexity of the interactions between land covered by vegetation and the atmosphere. We have known for a long time that changes in canopy properties may have substantial effects on the climate, both...

Murphy’s Law hampers campaign

For the last two weeks, we’ve been in northern Italy trying to carry out a campaign to support the FLEX mission, a candidate for ESA’s eighth Earth Explorer. However, it seems that anything that could go wrong...

HyFLEX: a new magnifying glass for plant activity

From Dirk Schuettemeyer (ESA) & Uwe Rascher (Forschungszentrum Jülich), Germany, 5 September For the last two weeks we have been following the HYFLEX campaign 2012, which started in an area in western Germany between Bonn, Cologne and Aachen. The aim of the campaign is to use, for the first time, a novel airborne sensor called HyPlant, which was developed by the Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany and the Finnish company Specim. The campaign will hopefully provide valuable information on the capabilities of a new Earth observation satellite mission concept called FLEX and will help ESA and collaborating scientists in the design of the mission. The HyPlant instrument can be regarded as a camera...