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MEET THE TEAM BEHIND ARES

Addressing the needs of integrating physically based scaling processes within and across the spheres of the Earth System, we are establishing a vertical infrastructure comprised of large physical devices, a data processing and storage facility, and an IT platform: The Airborne Research of the Earth System (ARES) Facility.
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UZH has the project lead of ARES and specialises in laboratory calibration of equipment and the implementation of processing chains. ARES data is used at UZH mainly for the study of vegetation functioning and trait analysis.

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EPFL leads the orientation and calibration issues related to ARES sensors and their integration with the navigation payload. The EPFL-IIE labs use ARES data to detect and monitor various processes on soil, water and snow/ice.
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UNIL uses the data produced by ARES to monitor processes occurring at the Earth surface in alpine regions, and to validate the modeling approaches developed in a number of research programs.

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Eawag uses ARES to mimic future satellite missions for water quality applications. We thereby investigate optical properties and biochemical processes in the mixed surface layer of lakes.

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The International Centre for Earth Simulation (ICES) Foundation integrates ARES data into Earth Systems Modeling, analyzes it using AI/ML, and contributes to data processing and dissemination via open access data portals.

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Michael Schaepman
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Michael Schaepman is the Principal Investigator (PI) of ARES and the scientific PI of APEX airborne imaging spectrometer.

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Andreas Hueni
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Andy Hueni is the project manager of ARES. He is also managing the APEX airborne imaging spectrometer, including laboratory and vicarious calibration, flight planning, processor development, and data processing.