About RESEARCH Summer School

Historic cities, monuments, archaeological sites and cultural landscapes in urban and rural European sites are increasingly affected by natural and anthropic pressures. Progressive loss of historic sites is the major result of floods, mudslides, fire, earthquakes, climate change and other hazards. In particular, the intensive agriculture activities and the effects of climate changes are responsible of the increase of soil erosion and land movement phenomena, thus reducing the ability of soils to preserve the buried archaeological heritage and producing significant negative consequences on the conservation of cultural heritage. RESEARCH project, funded by H2020-MSCA-RISE-2018 - Grant Agreement 823987, aims to integrate and develop new and existing Remote Sensing (RS) methods specifically for Cultural Heritage (CH) safeguard and practice in the European scenarios, providing consistent transfer of knowledge and training in these techniques for researchers at European level. The project addresses the design and development of a multi-task platform, integrating satellite and UAV, aerial and ground-based RS technologies with GIS application for mapping, diagnostics and long term monitoring of cultural heritage sites, by means of a multidisciplinary researchers and professionals exchange. The Laboratory of Geophysical Satellite Remote Sensing and Archaeoenvironment of the Institute for Mediterranean Studies-Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas organizes the Second Summer School on Rethymno during the period September 21-26, 2020. The summer school is designed to train young scholars and researchers, promote collaboration, bring closely the variety techniques of RS for archaeological sites mapping, exchange knowledge between the different fields of remote sensing and cultivate a dynamic dialogue between academia and the private sector.

Our Speakers

Stefano De Angeli


University della Tuscia, Italy

Federico Valerio Moresi


University della Tuscia, Italy

Marcella Barone


University della Tuscia, Italy

Giancarlo Pastura


University della Tuscia, Italy

Summer School Schedule

  • Monday 21/09/2020
    Introduction to RESEARCH project and Summer School Presentation
    Stefano De Angeli (UNITUS)
    10:00-10:45Risk assessment methodology and scientific requirement of the RESEARCH Platform
    Fabiana Battistin (UNITUS)
    10:45-11:30Applications of soil erosion estimation for archaeological sites: from literature review to practice
    Nikoletta Papageorgiou (CUT)
    12:00-12:45ALS-based DEM for soil erosion modelling: Pomerania (Poland) case
    Sławomir Królewicz, Lidia Żuk, Adam Młynarczyk, Włodzimierz Rączkowski (AMU)
    12:45-13:30Assessing Soil Erosion in Falerii Novi. Federico
    Moresi (UNITUS)
    13:30-14:15The FAIRification process of remote sensing, environmental and archaeological data for the RESEARCH Data Management Plan
    Fabiana Battistin, Marcella Barone (UNITUS)
  • Tuesday 22/09/2020
    9:30-10:30CThe use of geoinformatic approaches to explore the archaeo-environment
    Nasos Argyriou (FORTH)
    10:30-11:30Using GPR data for the vulnerability assessment of archaeological deposits
    Giancarlo Pastura (UNITUS) – Matteo Serpetti, Philip Fayad (ALMA)
    12:00-13:00Agent-Based Modeling Approach on Simulating Past Societies and their Social Organization
    Aggelos Hliaoutakis (FORTH)
    13:00-14:00Cultural heritage at the edge: How coastline change affects coastal archaeological sites and how remote sensing tools can help with coastal risk assessment
    Evangelos Alevizos (FORTH)
  • Wednesday 23/09/2020
    9:30-11:30Hands-on training
    Christos Kontopoulos (GSH)

    Overview of EO data manipulation through ERDAS IMAGINE
    Christos Kontopoulos (GSH)
    12:00-14:00Hands-on training
    Christos Kontopoulos (GSH)

    LiDAR for Archaeology. Visualization, classification and investigation of Archaeological traces
    Christos Kontopoulos (GSH)
  • Thursday 24/09/2020
    9:30-10:30GreeniPresentation of the RESEARCH Platform
    Alessio Di Iorio, Renzo Carlucci, Philip Fayad (ALMA)
    10:30-11:30Coastal archaeological sites of Crete. Threats and advantages. The case of Elounda, ancient Olous
    Theotokis Theodoulou (EUAG)
    12:30-18:00Project Meeting (1th Part)
    (only for RESEARCH project partners)