There are work groups for vegetation, water, atmosphere, and radar remote sensing at the observatory. The contacts of the researchers can be found here.
Remote Sensing of Vegetation
Remote sensing of vegetation includes investigating physical bases of remote sensing, satellite measurements and of course below atmosphere research from airborne devices and on land field and laboratory measurements.
Theoretical models of vegetation reflectance are developed to give below atmosphere support for satellite measurements.
The leader of the workgroup is Andres Kuusk. The contact of the researchers can be found here.
Water Remote Sensing
The purpose of Water Framework Directive of European Union is to create uniform evaluation system for inland waters and increase the quality of the water bodies.
To achieve that goal, Tartu Observatory is collecting regular field data from Estonian lakes and coastal areas, in co-operation with foreign partners also from beyond, in order to create algorithms that can be used to derive necessary information from data collected with satellites, airborne machines and marine vessels.
The leader of the workgroup is Anu Reinart. The contacts of the researches can be found here.
Remote Sensing of Atmosphere
We have prepared solar radiation datasets for all potential users. We have regular recording of UV-radiation, sunphotometer measures several atmosphere parameters.
Atmosphere humidity content is measured using GPS-method. Using atmospheric reanalyses, climate variability roots and connections are studied.
The leader of the workgroup is Erko Jakobson. The contacts of the researchers can be found here.
Radar Remote Sensing
The Radar Remote Sensing team of Tartu Observatory develops Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) applications and does corresponding research.
The leader of the workgroup is Kaupo Voormansik. The contacts of the researchers can be found here.