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Active Satellite Sensors for the needs of Cultural Heritage: Introducing SAR applications in Cyprus through ATHENA project

Kouhartsiouk, Demetris and Agapiou, Athos and Lysandrou, Vasiliki and Themistocleous, Kyriacos and Nisantzi, Argyro and Hadjimitsis, Diofantos and Lasaponara, Rosa and Masini, Nicola and Brcic, Ramon and Eineder, Michael and Krauss, Thomas and Cerra, Daniele and Gessner, Ursula and Schreier, Gunter (2017) Active Satellite Sensors for the needs of Cultural Heritage: Introducing SAR applications in Cyprus through ATHENA project. In: Geophysical Research Abstracts, 19. Copernicus Publications. EGU 2017, 23.-28. Apr. 2017, Wien, Österreich.

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Abstract

Non-invasive landscape investigation for archaeological purposes includes a wide range of survey techniques, most of which include in-situ methods. In the recent years, a major advance in the non-invasive surveying techniques has been the introduction of active remote sensing technologies. One of such technologies is spaceborne radar, known as Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR). SAR has proven to be a valuable tool in the analysis of potential archaeological marks and in the systematic cultural heritage site monitoring. With the use of SAR, it is possible to monitor slight variations in vegetation and soil often interpreted as archaeological signs, while radar sensors frequently having penetrating capabilities offering an insight into shallow underground remains. Radar remote sensing for immovable cultural heritage and archaeological applications has been recently introduced to Cyprus through the currently ongoing ATHENA project. ATHENA project, under the Horizon 2020 programme, aims at building a bridge between research institutions of the low performing Member States and internationally-leading counterparts at EU level, mainly through training workshops and a series of knowledge transfer activities, frequently taking place on the basis of capacity development. The project is formed as the consortium of the Remote Sensing and Geo-Environment Research Laboratory of the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT), the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR). As part of the project, a number of cultural heritage sites in Cyprus have been studied testing different methodologies involving SAR imagery such as Amplitude Change Detection, Coherence Calculation and fusion techniques. The ATHENA’s prospective agenda includes the continuation of the capacity building programme with upcoming training workshops to take place while expanding the knowledge of radar applications on conservation and risk monitoring of cultural heritage sites through SAR Interferometry. The current paper presents some preliminary results from the archaeological site of “Nea Paphos”, addressing the potential use of the radar technology.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/112080/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Title:Active Satellite Sensors for the needs of Cultural Heritage: Introducing SAR applications in Cyprus through ATHENA project
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Kouhartsiouk, Demetrisd.kouhartsiouk (at) cut.ac.cyUNSPECIFIED
Agapiou, Athoscyprus university of technologyUNSPECIFIED
Lysandrou, Vasilikicyprus university of technologyUNSPECIFIED
Themistocleous, Kyriacoscyprus university of technologyUNSPECIFIED
Nisantzi, Argyrocyprus university of technologyUNSPECIFIED
Hadjimitsis, Diofantoscyprus university of technologyUNSPECIFIED
Lasaponara, Rosacnr - national research council, italyUNSPECIFIED
Masini, Nicolacnr - national research council, italyUNSPECIFIED
Brcic, Ramonramon.brcic (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Eineder, MichaelUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Krauss, Thomasthomas.krauss (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Cerra, Danieledaniele.cerra (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Gessner, Ursulaursula.gessner (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Schreier, Guntergunter.schreier (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:26 April 2017
Journal or Publication Title:Geophysical Research Abstracts
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Volume:19
Publisher:Copernicus Publications
Status:Published
Keywords:Remote Sensing, Cultural Heritage, SAR, Interferometry
Event Title:EGU 2017
Event Location:Wien, Österreich
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:23.-28. Apr. 2017
Organizer:EGU
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Fernerkundung der Landoberfläche (old), R - Remote sensing and geoscience, R - Vorhaben hochauflösende Fernerkundungsverfahren
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Remote Sensing Technology Institute > SAR Signal Processing
Remote Sensing Technology Institute > Photogrammetry and Image Analysis
German Remote Sensing Data Center > Land Surface
German Remote Sensing Data Center > Leitungsbereich DFD
Deposited By: Brcic, Dr. Ramon
Deposited On:02 May 2017 16:09
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:09

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