Training Course “Monitoring Natural and Agricultural Ecosystems with Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)”
20 February 2020
Current Practices in UAS-based Environmental Monitoring
20 March 2020

Training Course “Monitoring Natural and Agricultural Ecosystems with Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)”

COST Action HARMONIOUS is organizing a Training Course on UAS-based monitoring of Natural and Agricultural Ecosystems

HARMONIOUS Training Course 2020  – Villach, 26.-29.2 2020


Dr. Helge Aase

Pof. Giuseppe Ciraolo – Coordinator Training Course

Dr. Antonino Maltese

Dr. Martin Mokros

Dr. Adrien Michez

Dr. Paolo Nasta

Dr. Yijian Zeng

Dr. Gernot Paulus & Dr. Karl-Heinrich Anders – Local Organizers



25.02.2020 – 17:00 – 20:00 Ice Breaker Event & Registration at CUAS (CUAS, “FH Kärnten”, Technology Park Villach-St. Magdalen, Europastrasse 4, A-9524 Villach)

8:00 – 8:45 Registration
– 8:45 – 9:00 Welcome (Giuseppe Ciraolo and Gernot Paulus)
– 9:00 – 9:30 Participants introduce themselves (2 minutes each)
– 9:30 – 9:45 HARMONIOUS COST Action description (Salvatore Manfreda)
– 9:45 – 10:45 Lecture: Natural Ecosystems Monitoring (Martin Mokros)
10:45 – 11:15 Coffee Break
– 11:15 -12:15 Lecture: Agricultural Ecosystems Monitoring (Giuseppe Ciraolo)
– 12:15 -13:15 Lecture: Data pre-processing and Radiometric Calibration of optical and thermal data (Helge Aasen)

13:15 – 14:15 Lunch
14:15 – 16:15 Practical: Flight planning and data pre-processing (Helge Aasen)
16:15 – 16:30 Coffee Break
16:30 – 18:30 Practical: Radiometric Calibration (Helge Aasen)
18:30 Closure
20:00 Training School social Dinner (in City center of Villach)

9:00 – 10:00 Lecture: 3D reconstruction with UAS (Lidar and photogrammetry) – (Martin Mokros)
10:00 – 11:00 Lecture: Soil Moisture downscaling with UAS (Yijian Zeng)
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:30 Lecture: Crop stress and soil moisture monitoring and modelling (Paolo Nasta)
12:30 – 13:30 Lecture: Soil moisture monitoring via UAS (Antonino Maltese)
13:30 – 14:30 Lunch

Practical Natural Vegetation
14:30 – 16:30 Practical: Natural vegetation – Forest structure (Martin Mokros and Adrien Michez)
16:30 – 18:30 Practical: Change detection (Gernot Paulus and Karl-Heinrich Anders)

18:30 Closure

Day 3. 28.02.2020 – Practicals and Hands-on activities on the Case Studies
9:00 – 11:00 Practical: Soil moisture mapping and modelling (P. Nasta, Y. Zeng, A. Maltese)
Students will retrieve a map of soil moisture via UAV thermal data, to be used in modelling software (e.g., HYDRUS)
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 13:30 Practical: Downscaling, Classification and Vegetation stress (Y. Zeng, G. Ciraolo)

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 19:30: Hands-on Activities on the Case Studies
Student working project (in small groups, 4-5 students): working on the sample data provided, students choose a topic and try to work on it, with the help of material provided (“tutorial”) and tutors.

19:30 Closure

Day 4. 29.02.2020 – Students presentation of a working project
9:00 – 11:30: Each group has 30/45 minutes to present the working project
11:30 – 12:00: Discussion and feedback (all participants) & Possibility of students engagement in the action activities (Salvatore Manfreda).
12.00 Training school closure (Gernot Paulus)


Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS)

Spatial Information Management, Europastrasse 4, A-9524 Villach, Austria

CUAS Campus in Villach/St. Magdalen


Free of charge, accommodation and travel will be supported by the COST Action HARMONIOUS – Harmonization of UAS techniques for agricultural and natural ecosystems monitoring.

Selected students from COST countries are eligible for an economical support of 800€. The support will be transferred only at the end of the school.



To register, fill the form at

Places are limited and registration works on first come, first serve bases.

Salvatore Manfreda
Author: Salvatore Manfreda

Salvatore Manfreda received his Ph.D. in Environmental Monitoring and Modeling in 2004. He started his career as researcher associate at Princeton University (2004-2005), became Assistant Professor in 2008, and Associate Professor in Hydraulic Constructions and Hydrology in 2014 at the University of Basilicata. He has a broad interest in hydrology and ecohydrology, with particular emphasis on distributed modeling, flood prediction, stochastic processes in hydrology, soil moisture process, delineation of flood prone areas, mathematical filters and vegetation patterns. His research activity has produced more than 120 publications.


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