The slopes of Frascati overlooking Rome boast rich, volcanic soils: wine has been produced there since time immemorial. However the latest vine crop should go down in history as the single best documented harvest ever.
Part of Frascatis Controlled Origin Denomination – Denominazione dOrigine Controllata or DOC in Italian, a wines legally demarcated home region - was surveyed in ultra-sharp detail using an airborne radar sensor both before then after last Octobers harvest. This two-stage ESA campaign was called BACCHUS-DOC, and was intended to complement a number of radar and optical satellite acquisitions by ERS-2, SPOT, Landsat, IKONOS and QuickBird.
Following processing of raw data, the results are now under study by a team from ESRIN, ESAs European Centre for Earth Observation located within the area of study, and the nearby Tor Vergata University. In particular they are investigating to what extent the BACCHUS-DOC airborne and satellite radar imagery is sensitive to vineyard surfaces and the change in biomass following the grape harvest.
Mariangela D’Acunto | EurekAlert!
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