Part of ESA's series of advanced thematic training courses, this advanced training course focused on land remote sensing theory and applications. It was organised around four main components:
- Theoretical fundamentals of SAR, Optical and Thermal remote sensing, focussing on exploitation of ESA and Third Party missions and products
- EO land applications lectures (urban planning, land cover, hazards, terrain motion, forest bio-physical retrievals and regional water balance)
- Practicals using ESA toolboxes (BEAM, NEST and POLSARPRO) and complimentary data sets
- EO data processing and product demonstration for land resources monitoring.
All four components addressed both SAR and Optical/Thermal remote sensing. The training course included formal lectures by leading scientists as well as hands-on computing exercises exposing students to remote sensing applications. Practicals used ESA software tools for the exploitation of EO data, with a focus on Envisat, ERS, Explorers (SMOS) and TPM (PROBA, ALOS) data products for land applications.
- training the next generation of European and Canadian Principal Investigators (PIs);
- introducing available tools and methods for the exploitation of ERS, Envisat, TPM and Explorers satellite data;
- stimulating and supporting the exploitation of ESA EO and Third Party Mission (TPM) remote sensing data for land applications.