106th DGINS conference on Earth observation for official statistics
Warsaw, Poland, 27-28 October 2021

hybrid meeting


27 October 2021

12:30 - 13:30 - Lunch
12:30 - 14:00
- Registration
14:00 - 14:45
- Opening

14:45 - 18:00 - Session 1: Earth observation for official statistics – the context and the use

The session will set the scene for discussions and embed the topic in various contexts: a policy one, a scientific one, a capacity one. The speakers will present various perspectives and experiences focusing on numerous applications and technologies for Earth observation, especially satellite imagery, applied and used in various statistical domains. They will identify opportunities and challenges arising from the availability of earth observation data and how these new data sources and technologies could be incorporated into regular official statistical production.


Part 1: "The view from space specialists"

Chair: Tomaž Smrekar – Director General of Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia

14:45 - 15:35 - speeches (15' each)

15:35 - 16:00 - Discussion moderated by Tomaž Smrekar

16:00 - 16:30 - Coffee break and family photo


Part 2: "The view from agencies with relevant experience"

Chair: Padraig Dalton - Director General of Central Statistics Office of Ireland

16:30 - 17:20 - speeches (15' each)

17:20 - 18:00 - Discussion moderated by Padraig Dalton


28 October 2021

09:00 - 09:10 - Welcome

09:10 - 15:30 - Session 2: Applications of EO technologies and data in official statistics

In this session the use of Earth observation (EO) is presented in various domains focusing on already existing, real-life applications of remote sensing in statistical production. It will highlight, in which areas NSIs can benefit from EO, which new competencies and skills are required and to what extent EO could replace traditional statistics.

09:10 - 10:15 - Sub-session 2.1: Agriculture and Maritime economy
Chair/Moderator: Juan Manuel Rodríguez Poo – President of INE Spain

 SI: Statistical Office of the Republic of Sloveniapdf - "Application of remote sensing data in agricultural statistics", Crt Sustar

 DE: Federal Statistical Office and Hesse Statistical Officepdf - "Estimating agricultural production using satellite remote sensing and in-situ data", Jasmin Arnold, Jens Hollberg (virtual participation)

 HU: University of Pécspdf - "Sentinel data fusion for official agriculture statistics in Hungary", (paper) Dániel Márton Kovács (co-authors: Agnes Patay, Hungarian Central Statistical Office, Luca Gatti - sarmap SA) (virtual participation)

 PL: Statistics Poland pdf- "Implementation of a process of traffic and activity of fishing fleet based on Automatic Identification System (AIS) satellite data", Michał Bis (virtual participation)

 FI: Natural Resources Institute, Finlandpdf - "Towards automated use of satellite remote sensing data for crop production and agricultural land use statistics", Maria Yli-Heikkilä (virtual participation)

10:15 - 11:00 - Discussion moderated by Juan Manuel Rodríguez Poo

11:00 - 11:30 - Coffee break

11:30 - 12:30 - Sub-session 2.2: Land cover, land use and Emergency management
Chair/Moderator: Viveka Palm – Director of Directorate E, EUROSTAT

 CH: Swiss Federal Statistical Officepdf - "ADELE: Overview of a deep learning application for land use and land cover change detection and classification in Switzerland”, Claudio Facchinetti (virtual participation)

 FR: Ministry of Agriculturepdf - "Including earth observation data into a in-situ land use survey?", Corinne Prost

 ES: Ministry of Agriculturepdf - "Area Frame as ground truth data for agrarian statistics based on EO: case of ESYRCE", Sergio Mancheño (virtual participation)

 EUROSTAT: LUCAS Team pdf- "Unbiased statistics from classified Earth Observation maps: dos, don’ts and challenges” (Results from the project EO4Statistics), Alessandra Palmieri and Beatrice Eiselt (virtual participation)

pdf  PL: Space Research Centre, Polish Academy of Sciences - "Potential for combining statistical data and Earth Observation for risk management", Jakub Ryzenko (virtual participation)

12:30 - 13:10 - Discussion moderated by Viveka Palm

13:10 - 14:10 - Lunch

14:10 - 15:00 - Sub-session 2.3: Climate, ecosystems and Environment
Chair/Moderator: Athanasios C. Thanopoulos – President ELSTAT

 IE: Central Statistics Office of Irelandpdf - "DGINS 2021 - Official Statistics from Satellite Imagery", (paper) Tim Linehan (virtual participation)

 AT: Statistics Austriapdf - "Chances and challenges with Earth observation data for land cover statistics in Austria", Nina Hofer (virtual participation)

 NL: Statistics Netherlandspdf - "Compiling ecosystem accounts using ARIES for SEEA Explorer", Bert Kroese (in person), UNSD - Bram Edens (virtual participation)

 SE: Statistics Swedenpdf - "A collaborative approach for multipurpose land cover data", Jerker Moström

15:00 - 15:40 - Discussion moderated by Athanasios C. Thanopoulos

15:40 - 16:00 - Coffee break

16:00 - 16:30 - Towards a coordinated approach for the use of Earth observation for European statistics

Lessons learned throughout the conference and outlook on the way forward / the next steps / roadmap towards a coordinated approach using Earth observation data and techniques for official European statistics, which could be incorporated into the ESSC DGINS 2021 Warsaw Memorandum during the following ESSC meeting.

Discussion moderated by Mariana Kotzeva

16:30 - 16:45 - Concluding remarks - Dominik Rozkrut


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