Institute for Mediterranean Studies

Laboratory of Geophysical - Satellite Remote Sensing and Archaeo-environment

The Laboratory of Geophysics - Satellite Remote Sensing & Archaeoenvironment (GeoSat ReSeArch Lab) is active in the field of Geoinformatics, covering a wide range of Geophysical Surveys, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Satellite Remote Sensing, Phtotogrammetry 3D visualization and Landscape modelling. Emphasis is placed on both the natural and cultural environment. The Laboratory conducts basic and applied research in the above research fields through International, European and National research programs. At the same time, it has developed a training and education program for researchers of geophysical, satellite remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems applications in archeology and culture, while at the same time is conducting studies on the anthropogenic effects on the natural environment over time. Equipped with the most modern geophysical equipment for the investigation of shallow depths and with the development of algorithms for processing geophysical data and tools for spatial analysis and models through Geographic Information Systems and satellite image processing, the Laboratory offers a complete package of services related to imaging surface, subsoil and shallow submarine targets, mapping of natural / cultural resources, developing Web GIS applications and developing web geographic databases. The Laboratory has entered into numerous collaborations with university and research institutions from Greece and abroad beyond the borders of the Mediterranean. The continuous activities of the Laboratory are disseminated through scientific publications, international conferences and workshops.

Among the most important activities of the Lab are the following:

  • Coordination or/and participation in more than  90 national and European research projects (H2020-RISE, , ΚΡΙΠΗΣ-ΠΟΛΙΤΕΙΑ II, ΚΡΙΠΗΣ-ΠΕΡΑΝ, HFRI postdoc, FORTH-SYNERGY, ΥΠΟΔΟΜΕΣ, H2020-STORM, Post doc Research Scholarships – IKY, ISAP Fund, H2020-VI-SEEM, Archaeo-FormoSat, USA-NSF, SIEMENS, ARISTEIA I & II, Archaeolandscapes Europe, KRIPIS-POLITEIA, ΚΡΙΠΗΣ-ΠΕΦΥΚΑ, ΘΑΛΗΣ, LIFE + , DRAGON-3, MARIE CURIE IF, Wenner-Gren Foundation, NSF-USA, Cultiure 2008-2013, Leverhulme Trust, University of Cyprus, LIFE+, ELIDEK, e-Content, INTERREG, ARCHIMED, ETΠΑ, ΠΕΝΕΔ, ΕΠΕΑΕΚ, INSTAP, NERC, Prefecture of Crete, Γ' ΚΠΣ).
  • Organization and participation in more than 250 programs of applied and primary research with emphasis on geophysical and remote sensing surveys of archaeological sites and natural environment.
  • Development of more than 45 databases and 50 GIS / Web GIS applications for the management of cultural and natural resources.
  • More than 600 publications in international scientific journals, 250+ oral presentations and 120+ posters in conferences and 150 technical reports.
  • Organization of international conferences and summer schools and participation of its research staff in scientific and organizational committees of international conferences.
  • Contribution to the internship of students (over 300) from various Universities such as: Technical University of Crete, the University of Crete, the University of Thessaly, the University of the Aegean and  National and Kapodestrian University of Athens.
  • Participation in the supervision of postdoctoral researchers (from Greece, Italy, Tunisia, Australia, United States, Spain, Turkey, Cyprus, Belgium, China, etc.) and dissertations (doctoral dissertations, postgraduate and undergraduate theses) in cooperation with Greek and foreign University Institutions.
  • Transnational technological research projects with Cyprus, Boulgaria, China, USA etc.
  • Member of international research organizations such as: Copernicus Academy, GEO (Group on Earth Observation), ΑGILE (Association Geographic Information Laboratories Europe), EPOCH (Excellence in Processing Open Cultural Heritage) και EARSEL (European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories).
  • Participation in the organization of the Interdepartmental Program of   Postgraduate Studies of the University of Crete (EPEAEK - Department of History & Archeology and Department of Computer Science) and in the teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University of Crete, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University of the Aegean, Technical University of Crete and TEI of Crete.
  • Organization of training seminars in the scientific fields of  GIS, Satellite Remote Sensing and GPS focusing on professionals, staff of public and private bodies and students (e.g. Ministry of Culture / Ephorates of Antiquities, Prefectures, Municipalities, IGME, etc.)

People

Evangelos Alevizos

Postdoctoral researcher
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Nasos Argyriou

Postdoctoral researcher
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Gianluca Cantoro

Postdoctoral researcher
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Angelos Chliaoutakis

Postdoctoral researcher
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Nadia Coutsinas

Postdoctoral researcher
Curriculum vitae

Jamieson C. Donati

Postdoctoral researcher
Curriculum vitae

Manolis Gryllakis

Postdoctoral researcher
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Christos Polykretis

Postdoctoral researcher
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Konstantinos Roussos

Postdoctoral researcher
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Kleanthis Simyrdanis

Postdoctoral researcher
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Alexandros Tourtas

Postdoctoral researcher
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Katerina Konstantinou

Art historian, PhD candidate of Social Anthropology
Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences
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Michael J Curtis

Landscape and Coastal Archaeologist
University of Leicester, U.K.
Curriculum vitae

Athanasios Kalpaxis

FORTH Distinguished Member
Department of History and Archaeology, University of Crete
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Research Projects

ACTYS

Advanced spectro-bathymetric mapping of shallow seafloor using UAV imagery and deep learning techniques

Advanced spectro-bathymetric mapping of shallow seafloor using UAV imagery and deep learning techniques

DETACC

Detect and Attribute agricultural droughts to Anthropogenic Climate Change

Detect and Attribute agricultural droughts to Anthropogenic Climate Change

DE.F.I.C.I.T

DEcision system For Irrigation in Crete based on Innovative Technologies - DE.F.I.C.I.T

:The purpose of the proposed project is to establish an integrated spatial decision-making system in large-scale (Crete Water District) with the aim of: (a) precisely identifying irrigation needs, according to optimal crop yields and proper management of water resources; b) designing optimal adaptation scenarios for the agricultural sector in the light of upcoming climate change; and c)  the dynamic integration of the above information through the creation of a platform for immediate and real-time updated information to be provided to businesses and entities, whose actions are directly related to the optimal design and management of land improvement projects in the Region of Crete.

Ierapetra Harbour Survey

Geoarchaeological research in the broader area of Ierapetra harbour, Crete

In October 2019 the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities in collaboration with the Laboratory of Geophysical Satellite Remote Sensing and Archaeoenvironment of IMS-FORTH undertook a scoping survey of the ancient harbour of Ierapetra (anc. Hierapytna) in Eastern Crete. The objective was to increase our understanding of the ancient harbour and its relationship with the present landscape. The survey examined the eastern mole, the modern harbour area and the western foreshore. The survey revealed a complex landscape, with changes over time that had not been previously noted and which affected the interpretation of the location and access to the ancient harbour. A series of previously unrecorded Roman structures were also identified.

DIATOPO

Διαχρονικά τοπία πολιτισμού της Κρήτης: Αναδεικνύοντας τον θαλάσσιο και ορεινό πλούτο του Μιραμπέλου

Διαχρονικά τοπία πολιτισμού της Κρήτης: Αναδεικνύοντας τον θαλάσσιο και ορεινό πλούτο του Μιραμπέλου

BIOnian

Actions to protect and promote the biodiversity of ecosystems and of areas of natural beauty of the Ionian Islands through "smart" systems of detection, recording, digital mapping and pressures management

The BIOnian project aims at identifying, recording, mapping and developing "smart" tools for monitoring and identifying the Ionian Islands Region species that are related, supported or used as habitat for the Region's territorial resources.

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Publications