Project code: PN-III-P3-3.1-PM-RO-CN-2018-0105, contract number 21BM / 2018

PN-III- Program: European and International Cooperation, Subprogram 3.1 – Bilateral/Multilateral


Politehnica University of Timisoara
Department: Overland Communication Ways, Foundations and Cadastral Survey
Traian Lalescu 2A, 300223, Timisoara
Project director: Sorin HERBAN


Chinese Academy of Science

Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth

Project director: Meng QUINYAN

Project duration



The scientific study of agricultural lands is found in the specialty literature since the 1930s. These studies gradually turn from traditional studies (field investigations, field studies and then laboratory) to 3s spatially-based technology. The Integrated Approach to 3s Technology represents trends in precision farming. In this respect, in Europe and beyond, the factors responsible for the rational and sustainable management of agricultural land (governments) gradually achieve the importance of "remote" monitoring of agricultural lands and the importance of studying them globally.

Information acquisitioned by remote sensing facilitate rapid and effective quantification of changes or advances a plant or several plants have encountered, their development phases and the basis for a new perception of research into precision farming.

Research and agricultural land monitoring using the benefits of remote sensing has developed a lot in recent years, but there are still unresolved issues related to: remote monitoring of a wide range of species (high variety), high accuracy, quasi-reality is still at the operating stage etc.

Originality and innovation elements of the project

Through the cooperation, we wish to form a systematic method to monitor the agricultural land use quickly and accurately, build up the remote sensing model of agricultural land use change assessment, prediction and spatial optimization. This could support centralized and orderly management of agricultural land, which provides scientific basis for agricultural land.

As originality and innovation elements following objective can be specified:

  1. Developing multi-source remote sensing data fusion technology, and increasing the accuracy of land field determinations;
  2. Developing a comprehensive monitoring technology based on multi-source remote sensing analysis of dynamic change of agricultural land use;
  3. Establishing and validating an assessment, prediction and spatial optimization model of agricultural land use change using GIS facilities (Vilceanu, Herban and Meng 2017);

Research methodology, proposed work plan, risk approach to be identified

There are several objectives standing before us. The cooperation in itself is a very positive goal as it opens each team to: other regions; different angles, view and facets of agricultural management; and different ways of thinking. More specifically, the cooperation proposed here between China and Romania is envisaged to help with introducing each other with the technology of monitoring and of land classification with high precision, as done at the other country. The major objective and leading idea of our proposal is the study of dynamic monitoring of agriculture land use based on acquisition of remotely sensed data. A secondary objective would be realizing better the usage of the spatial information embedded in the satellite images for the advancement of agricultural technology. The concept of GIS-Driven / GIS-support, mentioned above, is clearly one of the clear cut tools for such endeavour. In addition, both teams set some more specific goals:

  • To learn the special characteristics of the satellite images provided by the Chinese cartographic satellite and any other products that will be provided for parallel processing.
  • To establish the minimal resolution needed for the change detection and agricultural related classification at hand.
  • To develop a modular concept of methodology that will support future adaptation to new satellite sources.

The study on the agricultural land monitoring use satellite images or data provided by UAS is a concern at European and world level also. The EU research funding strategy for this domain is of interest. The Romanian partner is part of a COST European project whose research theme is adjacent to research proposed in this application (COST Action CA16219, Harmonization of UAS techniques for monitoring of agriculture and natural ecosystems), whose thematic research is accompanied by the research proposed in this application.


„This work was supported by a grant of the Romanian Ministry of Research and Innovation, CCCDI - UEFISCDI, project number PN-III-P3-3.1-PM-RO-CN-2018-0105 / 21BM ⁄ 2018, within PNCDI III