Tel-Aviv University (TAU)
TAU is the leading university in Israel for imaging spectroscopy remote sensing (ISRS), with
specific emphasis on soil and mineral mapping for environmental monitoring. The TAU
laboratory is situated in the Department of Geography and Human Environment at Tel-Aviv
University, which is the biggest university in Israel. More than 200 peer-reviewed, proceedings
papers, chapters from books, and technical reports have been published by the ISRS,
covering issues mostly dealing with new methods to integrate and assimilate remote sensing
data of the soil, water, atmosphere, rocks, and the living environment from afar by using
spectral information. Recently ISRS has established an imaging spectrometry (IS) group composed of several leading scientists in Israel. The core for this activity is supported by the Ministry of Science under a project entitled: "Establishing a National Infrastructure for Imaging Spectroscopy Remote Sensing (IS) Processing: Quantitative Novel Approaches to Map the Earth's Surface ". The lab is divided into three parts, (a) a soil laboratory (for soil analysis), (b) a dark spectroscopy laboratory furnished with BRDF assembly and 3 spectrometers, and (c) a processing computing centre that comprises 15 working stations. The TAU-IRSL
lab consists of a large soil spectral library (more than 200 soils + 74 attributes for each soil) and additional libraries of man-made materials, urban targets, organic matter, and sediment dust.
TAU is the largest state university in Israel, consisting of more than 1200 professors in 7 faculties and with 30,000 students. The 2009 turnover is around €300 million.
Role in project:
TAU is an academia partner that is involved in WP1,3,4 and leading WP2, providing experience and know-how regarding the hyperspectral activity (standards and protocols plus thematic mapping).
TAU’s laboratory has been a pioneering laboratory worldwide. It has studied the contribution
of IS technology to monitor the soil and the urban environments. To that end, it has developed
many applications that are based on reflectance spectroscopy. Its research focuses on
both quantitative and qualitative analyses of field and laboratory reflectance data and on
processing of airborne and orbital hyper spectroscopy information for precise and advanced
surface and atmosphere mapping and pattern recognition. A recent overview paper of TAUISRS
entitled “imaging spectrometry for soil applications”, which was published in 2008 in
Agronomy Journal, is considered to be a key article for remote sensing of soil attributes and
mineralogy using the hyperspectral (IS) technology. The TAU-ISRS personnel have a strong
background and experience in soil science, spectroscopy, and quantitative remote sensing
applications. The TAU-ISRS received an award by the President of Tel Aviv University for its
excellence as a scientific centre and it is known today for its excellence country-wide in both
education and research activities. TAU-ISRD is participating in the EUFAR project under the
FP7 framework (EUFAR) and is serving as a steering committee member of the DIGISOIL
(FP7) project. In TAU-ISRS, international and national projects are being carried out for both governmental and private sectors in Israel. TAU–ISRS also has proven experience in management and execution of both international and national projects of large partners such as GIF and BARD.
Key persons involved:
Prof. Eyal Ben-Dor
Prof. Eyal Ben-Dor is a full professor at Tel Aviv University (TAU) and has served as the chair of the Geography and Human Environment Department at Tel-Aviv University from 2005-2009. Currently he is serving as the head of the Image Spectroscopy Remote Sensing Laboratory (ISRL) within this department.
He received his PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriculture in Soil Science in 1992 and from 1992-1994 he had a post doc fellowship in CSES (Center of Study the Earth from Space) the University of Colorado at Boulder under the supervision of Prof. Goetz and Dr. Kruse. The fellowship he earned came from the Baron-de-Hirsh, Rothschild, and NOAA foundations.
He was a pioneer in studying the contribution of IS technology to the soil and urban environments and has developed many applications to that end. His studies focus on both quantitative and qualitative analyses of field and laboratory reflectance data and on processing of airborne and orbital hyper spectroscopy data for precise and advanced surface and atmosphere mapping within the environment.
He has a strong background in soil science, soil mineralogy, spectroscopy, and remote sensing processing and is the author of more than 200 papers, book chapters, and technical reports. Prof. Ben Dor has a proven ability to conduct, manage, and lead international scientific collaborations and projects. Recently he, among the 1200 professors at the university, received an award from the President of Tel Aviv University for his excellent research and was appointed by the Ministry of Science to be the founder and the leader of the Israeli Hyper spectral Group: Center of Excellence (IHSR-CE).
Dr. Gila Notesco
Dr. Gila Notesco is a hyperspectral researcher in the Remote Sensing and GIS Laboratories, at the department of Geography and Human Environment of the Tel-Aviv University. She collaborates in different projects that relate space- and airborne multi- and hyperspectral images with applications to water quality and soils and surface mapping. Previously she was a researcher in the Cometary and Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory in the department of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences of the Tel-Aviv University, where she also finished her PhD work in physics and chemistry of comets.
She has been a lecturer in Chemistry and Atmospheric Chemistry at Tel-Aviv University for seven years and also published more than 10 articles in international peer-reviewed journals.
Simon Adar is a Phd. student in the Porter School of Environmental Studies at Tel-Aviv University. He is part of the Remote Sensing and GIS Laboratories, at the department of Geography and Human Environment of the Tel-Aviv University. Simon is studying the environmental applications of remote sensing technology in his Phd. Simon has a Bsc in Electrical engineering from the Technion Haifa Israel an Msc in Electro-optics engineering from Ben-Gurion university of the Negev and a MBA from the university of Tel-Aviv in the Executive MBA program. Simon was an R&D manager in the Israeli Hi-Tech industry in the fields of mobile and satellite data communication for the last ten years, in which he specializes in Signal processing applications. In his Msc. thesis he explored advanced point target detection algorithms in hyper-spectral data.