Global Soil Partnership


The remote sensing laboratory within the Porter School of Environment and Earth Science in Tel Aviv University Israel (RSL-TAU) 

Leading laboratory in Israel that work with hyperspectral technology from all domains (space, air, field and laboratory) 

Contact(s): Eyal Ben Dor

Laboratory Capacity

The laboratory has state-of-the-art hyperspectral cameras for the optical and thermal spectral regions and point spectrometers from different makes, and is furnished with homemade assemblies to measure soil surface in the field with a laboratory quality (SoilPRO®), soil endoscopy devise (SoilESC®) and a sophisticated software for automatic data machine learning to extract reliable proximal modeling in near real time (PARACUDA II ®).

A fleet of drones with miniature spectral sensors is also part of the laboratory infrastructure. The laboratory is managing the legacy soil spectral library of Israel (composed of more than 3000 samples) that is in evolving progress and has initiated the Mediterranean SSl under the GEOGRADEL H2020 project that is also under progress. Within the laboratory many applications have been developed for mapping soil from field and space under national and international collaboration.

The laboratory is very active in standard and protocol for soil spectral measurement and leading the P4005 WG entitle ” standard and protocol for spectral measurement of soil” within the IEEE SA . Some of the recent products from the laboratory are dealing with harmonization of SSL from different sources and origins (old and new), transfer function of laboratory SSL to the field and calibrating hyperspectral sensor to the point that they can be used as a data base to transfer SSL based model to map large areas globally. The laboratory servs as an advisor to the SHALOM ASI-ISA mission to mount hyperspectral sensor in space and develop commercial values to that end for soils.

The laboratory is part of the management group of CHAIM mission on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA) and responsible for the soil product. The laboratory is also part of the science team of EMIT- NASA which is a mission to mount an hyperspectral sensor onboard the Intentional Space Station in 2022and aims at tracking soil forming dust. The laboratory outcrops are more than 200 scientific papers, 3 patents and many graduated students that serve in the academia, industry and governmental institute worldwide.

Areas of Interest

The group is interested in research collaborations, supervising graduate students, hosting visiting scientists, providing training in soil spectroscopy, as well as joint scientific publications. 


Soil laboratories and Institutes from any country are highly welcome to join SoilSpecNet (SSN) or Collaborate with listed SSN labs and institutes by sending an email to [email protected] and [email protected].