Research professor Eija Honkavaara recognised with international remote sensing award

The esteemed International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) has awarded research professor Eija Honkavaara from the National Land Survey of Finland’s Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (FGI) with the President's Honorary Citation.

In the photo is Research Professor Eija Honkavaara.

The society’s Technical Commission Presidents nominate the candidates. The President of the society presents the certificate to one of the candidates to recognize meritorious contributions to the operation of the relevant Technical Commission's activities and advancement of its interests.  Certificate is given once every four years. For the past four years, Eija Honkavaara has headed the ISPRS’s Hyperspectral Image Processing working group.

The citation was first awarded in 1996, and Honkavaara is the second Finnish researcher to receive it. Honkavaara is head of the DroneFinland research group operating under the FGI’s Department of Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry.

In her research, Honkavaara focuses particularly on drone photogrammetry and hyperspectral imaging. Hyperspectral imaging is used to analyse the way objects reflect light and heat with a greater spectrum than what the human eye or traditional cameras can detect. Photogrammetry is a method for composing 3D images from photographs. Both methods enable collecting detailed data on terrain, for example, its flora, soil and the structures on it.

‘The data collected can be used in a variety of applications, such as in the construction industry, surveying, agriculture and forestry,' says Honkavaara.

Data produced with sensors mounted on drones is highly accurate and detailed. Increased processing power and the development of processing methods have made analysing data faster, more accurate and more reliable. 

‘New technologies will enable a digital revolution and more sustainable operations in many industries. In the near future, farmers will be able to receive real-time data on the fertiliser and plant protection situation of their fields, and it will be possible to deploy robots to go and spray fertiliser or plant protection product right where it is needed. This would reduce the amount of fertilizer runoff into bodies of water, as well as other emissions,' says Honkavaara.

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