Remote sensing for marine and coastal area applications


Nunziata Ferdinando Nunziata

Ferdinando Nunziata

Department of Engineering, Università degli Studi di Napoli Parthenope, Italy

Gleich Dušan Gleich

Dušan Gleich

Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Maribor, Slovenia

Planinšič Peter Planinšič

Peter Planinšič

Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Maribor, Slovenia-retired


Remotely sensed measurements are of paramount importance in the context of marine and maritime observation and for coastal area applications since they guarantee synoptic and accurate estimations of geophysical parameters, and they provide an effective way for decision and policy makers.

Nowadays there is a large availability of measurements remotely sensed from different platforms, including satellite, airborne and drone. This triggers the development of new added-value products that jointly exploit the different data-sources to open completely new perspectives in the remote sensing of marine and coastal areas.

These cross-platforms remotely sensed measurements also triggered the development of new and effective processing strategies. that include conventional and statistical learning approaches.

This session is to provide a common ground to discuss the state-of-the-art and recent developments in the above-mentioned field by including advancements in both acquisition strategies, e.g., combining multi-platform acquisitions and discussing their limitations/benefits for marine and coastal area applications, and new processing methodologies, e.g., artificial intelligence.


The topics include but are not limited to:

  • Marine plastic litter monitoring;
  • Ships and autonomous vehicles detection, tracking, and navigation;
  • Wind field estimation;
  • Coastal area monitoring;
  • Waterflood observation;
  • Inland basins.


Ferdinando Nunziata, is a Telecommunication engineer.
Since 2018, he has been Associate professor in electromagnetic fields with the Università degli Studi di Napoli “Parthenope”.
He is the author/coauthor of more than 100 peer-reviewed journal papers on microwave remote sensing, covering both theoretical aspects (e.g.; multi-polarization scattering from rough surfaces, radar polarimetry, bistatic scattering, inverse problems) and applications (e.g.; marine and maritime applications). His expertise includes both active (SAR) and passive (radiometer) microwave instruments.
Dr. Nunziata has been IEEE Senior Member since 2014 and he has been in the organizing committee of several conferences focused on remote sensing. He serves as Associate Editor for the scientific journals “IEEE JSTARS” and “MDPI Remote Sensing”. Since 2022 he has been Chair of the OES Ocean Remote sensing TC and he has been OES Distinguished Lecturer with topics related to microwave remote sensing for coastal area applications. Since 2023 he has been Chair of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing South Italy Chapter.

Dušan Gleich, received dipl.ing diploma, M.Sc. and PhD degrees all in electrical engineering in 1997, 2000 and 2002, respectively. His research interests are digital signal processing, artificial intelligence, remote sensing, wireless sensor networks, image processing and development of low power and short distance radars attached to UAVs. He established a research group in the field of digital processing of radar images and remote control and he is a head of Laboratory for signal processing and Remote control at University of Maribor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Maribor, Slovenia, where he is employed as a professor. He leads the research programme called Telmatika, which is sponsored by Slovenian Research Agency. He is the author and co-author of several papers in most prestigious international journals in the field of remote sensing and wireless sensor networks. In the last 10 years he has led over 50 projects embedded in the domestic and international environment. He is a member of the Scientific Council of Engineering Sciences at the SRA, at the UM-FERI participates in the Research and helps reviewing papers and he is academic editor in Remote sensing journal.

Peter Planinšič, after five years of industry expertise, he was employed in 1986 at Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Maribor, where he received an MSc and PhD in electrical engineering in 1991 and 2000, respectively. He served as assistant professor and associate professor from 2001 to 2022 at the same faculty. Currently, he is retired and chair of the Slovenian IEEE GRSS Chapter. His research interests are signal and image/video and processing, remote control, and remote sensing.