The SIRENE station (Interdisciplinary site for research in the outdoor environment) is a laboratory and a secure experimental site (75 x 75 m) on the Sherbrooke campus of the Université de Sherbrooke.
for research in remote sensing, environment, engineering, climatology, agronomy, hydrology and metrology.
Manager : Patrick Cliche
- Encourage projects in all disciplines related to the environment.
- Provide all the tools and equipment necessary for students and professors to carry out projects in an environment where all physical and optical parameters can be measured and controlled.
- Develop means and methods to measure, by remote sensing, the parameters of the physical and optical characteristics of the environment (snow, soil, vegetation and atmosphere).
- Have a safe and protected place to carry out punctual or continuous measurements over time.
- Provide input data for modelling and simulation codes for soil-vegetation-atmosphere interaction processes and thus allow their validation.
- Validate the products resulting from or derived from airborne or satellite acquisitions (inversion model).
- Extract biophysical variables from natural environments or structural construction variables by non-destructive sampling (photography, 3D laser imaging, spectrometry).
- Verify on the ground different physicochemical properties of the environment, which can be measured by remote sensing, using more conventional standard analytical methods in the laboratory.
- Monitor several natural or anthropogenic dynamic phenomena in various environments (types of soil erosion, agricultural soil degradation, water pollution, biomass evolution)
- Develop spectroradiometric measurement methodologies for natural or cultivated targets.
- Calibrate sensors with standard laboratory analysis methods.
- Analyze, understand and model phenomena involved in the physics of measurement.
- Characterize and model microwave, thermal and optical properties of terrestrial targets and the atmosphere.
- Measure forest stand parameters using hemispheric photography.
This station was built with grants from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Ministère de l’Éducation du Québec and the Université de Sherbrooke.