The SIRENE station (Site interdisciplinaire de recherche en environnement extérieur - Interdisciplinary site for research in the outdoor environment) is an experimental site which was built to enable remote sensing, environment, engineering, climatology, agronomy, hydrology, and meteorology research.
It provides researchers with the opportunity to work in an outdoor space and controlled environment. The building is connected to the Internet and the property includes a full nivological and meteorological station. The station is situated on the Université de Sherbrooke’s Main Campus.
These experimental field plots are instrumented with sensors to continuously measure the temperature and thermal flow of soil, incident and net solar radiation, and air temperature. They are also equipped with sample measurers for water collection of surface run-off water and groundwater.
The primary work conducted at the SIRENE experimental site includes:
- Development of spectroradiometric measurement methodologies for natural or cultivated targets;
- Analysis, understanding, and modelling of phenomena involved in the physics of measurement;
- Characterization and modelling of microwave, thermal, and optical properties of terrestrial targets and the atmosphere;
- Measurement of forest stand parameters using hemispheric photography;
This station was built using grants from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Ministère de l’Éducation du Québec, and the Université de Sherbrooke. It provides tools and equipment allowing students and professors to carry out projects in an environment where all physical and optical parameters can be measured and controlled. This station is open to the Université de Sherbrooke’s entire scientific community.