Minimize Programme and Course material

The advanced course will provide a substantial and balanced introduction to the basic theory and applications related to ocean remote sensing. It will be organised around the following main components:

  • Theoretical fundamentals of Optical, Thermal and SAR Ocean remote sensing, focusing on use of ESA and Third Party Mission data and products

  • Practicals using existing software tools (BEAM, BRAT, SARTool, Bilko) and complementary datasets from ESA for the interpretation of signatures from EO data and their transformation into geo-physical products

  • EO data processing and product demonstration for practical monitoring applications in open oceans and coastal zones

The training course will include formal lectures by leading scientists as well as hands-on practical exercises allowing students to work with SAR, Optical/Thermal and Radar Altimeter data.

Lecturers

The team of lecturers will be composed of Principal Investigators and Professors from leading universities and research institutions.

Programme

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Day 1 - Monday 23 September 2013

09:00 - 09:30 Registration
09:30 - 10:00 Opening
UCC

Course introduction and organisation
Dr. Peter Regner (ESA)
10:00 - 10:45 Oceanography from Space
Dr. Paolo Cipollini (National Oceanography Center, UK)
10:45 - 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:00 Oceanography from Space (Continued)
Dr. Paolo Cipollini
12:00 - 12:45 ESA EO missions and their exploitation for science and applications
ESA
12:45 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:45 The SMOS mission
Dr. Nicolas Reul (IFREMER, France)
14:45 - 15:30 Ocean salinity with SMOS
Dr. Nicolas Reul
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 18:00 BEAM practical exercises
Dr. Carsten Brockmann (Brockmann Consult, Germany)
18:00 - 19:00 Ice breaker

Day 2 - Tuesday 24 September 2013

09:00 - 09:45 Principles of Radar Altimetry
Dr. Paolo Cipollini
09:45 - 10:30 Altimeter data processing
Dr. Paolo Cipollini
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 13:00 BRAT basics: An example of SSH computation from along-track altimetric data
Fran├žoise Mertz (Collecte Localisation Satellites, France)
13:00 - 14:15 Lunch
14:15 - 15:00 Altimetry and Oceanography
Dr. Paolo Cipollini
15:00 - 15:45 Application of Altimetry
Dr. Paolo Cipollini
15:45 - 16:15 Coffee Break
16:15 - 18:00 BRAT mapping and statistical functions (high-level gridded altimetric data)
Fran├žoise Mertz

Day 3 - Wednesday 25 September 2013

09:00 - 10:30 SAR instrument principles and processing
Prof. Johnny Johannessen (Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center, Norway)
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 13:00 SAR processing and analysis tools
Dr. Fabrice Collard (Collecte Localisation Satellites, France)
13:00 - 14:15 Lunch
14:15 - 15:00 SAR image interpretation and detection capabilities
Prof. Johnny Johannessen
15:00 - 15:45 SAR applications
Prof. Johnny Johannessen
15:45 - 16:15 Coffee Break
16:15 - 18:00 SAR processing and analysis tools (Continued)
Dr. Fabrice Collard

Day 4 - Thursday 26 September 2013

09:00 - 09:45 Basics of Ocean Colour remote sensing
Dr. Shubha Sathyendranath (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK)
09:45 - 10:30 Primary production from ocean colour
Dr. Trevor Platt (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK)
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 13:00 Practical exercises with MERIS data using BEAM
Dr. Carsten Brockmann
13:00 - 14:15 Lunch
14:15 - 15:00 Ocean Colour for climate change studies
Part 1 - Part 2

Dr. Shubha Sathydendranath
15:00 - 15:45 Ecological indicators from ocean colour
Dr. Trevor Platt
15:45 - 16:15 Coffee Break
16:15 - 18:00 Practical exercises with BEAM
Dr. Carsten Brockmann

Day 5 - Friday 27 September 2013

09:00 - 09:45 Measuring Sea Surface Temperature (SST) from space
Prof. Chris Merchant (University of Reading, UK)
09:45 - 10:30 Operational systems for SST
Prof. Chris Merchant
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 13:00 Synergy between SST, ocean colour and altimetry - Practical exercise with Bilko
Dr. Val Byfield (National Oceanographic Centre, UK)
13:00 - 14:15 Lunch
14:15 - 15:00 Observing and modelling SST variability on a range of scales
Prof. Chris Merchant
15:00 - 15:45 Synergy between SST, ocean colour and altimetry - Practical exercise with Bilko
Dr. Val Byfield
15:45 - 16:15 Coffee Break
16:15 - 16:45 Closing Session