We propose a procedure that efficiently adapts a classifier trained on a source image to a target image with similar spectral properties. The adaptation is carried out by adding new relevant training samples with active queries in the target domain following a strategy specifically designed for the case where class distributions have shifted between the two acquisitions. In fact, the procedure consists of two nested algorithms. An active selection of the pixels to be labeled is performed on a set of candidates of the target image in order to select the most informative pixels. Along the inclusion of the pixels to the training set, the weights associated with these samples are iteratively updated using different criteria, depending on their origin (source or target image). We study this adaptation framework in combination with a SVM classifier accepting instance weights. Experiments on two VHR QuickBird images and on a hyperspectral AVIRIS image prove the validity of the proposed adaptive approach with respect to existing techniques not involving any adjustments to the target domain.