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iSPEX2: a universal smartphone add-on for portable spectroscopy and polarimetry

11 June 2020

iSPEX-2 is a low-cost, smartphone based tool for taking ocean colour and aerosol measurements. In his latest paper, MONOCLE researcher O. Burggraaff presents an upgraded version of its predecessor which works on all smartphones and uses the SPECTACLE method and  database  for...

New paper: Biases from incorrect reflectance convolution

1 May 2020

A recent paper from MONOCLE participant Olivier Burggraaff examines how to correctly apply the mathematical tool, spectral convolution, to reduce the overall error when comparing data sets from different sensors resulting in improved data products for earth observation.

New article by The Optical Society focuses on MONOCLE paper

9 August 2019

The Optical Society article summarizes the latest paper by project researchers: 'Standardized spectral and radiometric calibration of consumer cameras; which looks at the varying differences in calibration and the importance of standardized methology.

Drones, Ships and Satellites over Lake Balaton

29 July 2019

In July 2019 the international MONOCLE research team gathered for their second validation campaign, this time at Lake Balaton in Hungary.

Drone and dredging! Is there a match?

27 February 2019

Blog post from Liesbeth De Keukelaere (VITO) about how drone data can be used to monitor water quality during dredging activities.

A MONOCLE view of water quality monitoring

3 September 2018

Last week the international research team of the MONOCLE project gathered around Loch Leven in Kinross, Scotland for their first field campaign. MONOCLE (Multiscale Observation Networks for Optical Monitoring of Coastal waters, Lakes and Estuaries), led by Plymouth Marine Laboratory, is...

MONOCLE launches its Water Quality Monitoring Survey

5 April 2018

MONOCLE has launched a survey to explore the current challenges and opportunities for monitoring the aquatic environment. 

Monitoring water quality in your backyard - MONOCLE kicks-off!

19 March 2018

Blog post from Robrecht Moelans (VITO) about the MONOCLE kick-off meeting and project aims.

PML to lead major European Commission research project

17 January 2018

Plymouth Marine Laboratory can announce today that it will lead a £4.5 million project to carry out research aimed at improving knowledge of coastal and inland waters obtained from satellite observations. The work will contribute to improved observation of water quality issues which can...

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 776480.


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