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TRAINING ON EARTH OBSERVATION
Bratislava, Slovakia
17 - 21 September 2018

The European Space Agency (ESA) in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic organised a Training Course on Earth Observation, that took place from 17 – 21 September 2018 in the premises of the Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information (SCSTI) in Bratislava.

The main aim of this course was to promote and disseminate Earth Observation (EO) technologies in various scientific and industrial fields, covering optical and radar sensors, with emphasis on combining Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 for environmental applications.

The participants included researchers, students, PhD students and young professionals that use EO technology within their daily work and wanted to improve their knowledge. The majority of them were from ESA European Cooperating States (especially from Slovakia), though candidates from other countries were selected to broaden the geographic and cultural range of participants and stimulate networking.

pecs 2018 course
MAIN TOPICS

  • Basics of radar (SAR) and optical Remote Sensing
  • Remote Sensing applications:
    • Detection of land cover and land cover changes
    • Forest monitoring
    • Agricultural crops monitoring
    • Monitoring snow cover
    • Support to Natural Hazards management - Floods and Forest Fires.
    • Integration of SAR/Optical Remote Sensing for Land, Ice and Snow Applications.


LECTURERS

  • Francesco Sarti (ESA)
  • Nesrin Salepci (University of Jena)                                
  • Pierre-Louis Frison (University of  Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée)
  • Jochem Verrelst (University of Valencia)
  • Luca Pipia (University of Valencia)
  • Gabriele Schwaizer (ENVEO IT GmbH)                                        
  • Amalia Castro Gomez (ESA)
  • Raffaele Rigoli (ESA)
  • Kay van der Made (ESA).

Language: English

Video recordings of some of the theory sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday are available from CVTISR.

Monday 17 September
08:00-08:30 Registration
08:30 – 08:45 Welcome by representative of the Science and Technology Division of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic
Speaker: Jana Rovňanová
08:45 – 10:00 Theory: Introduction to ESA EO Missions
Speaker: Francesco Sarti
Theory: Access to ESA data and to ESA Third Party Mission data
Speaker: Raffaele Rigoli
10:00 – 10:30 Theory: Presentation of PECS EO User Requirements and PECS Process Overview
Speaker: Kay Van der Made
10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 – 12:30 Theory: SAR Basics
Trainer: Nesrin Salepci
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 – 15:00 Theory: SAR Techniques and Applications to Forestry
Trainer: Nesrin Salepci
15:00 – 15:15 Coffee Break
15:15 – 17:30 Exercise: Forestry with S1: Single Image Analysis and Time Series Analysis (SNAP)
Trainers: Nesrin Salepci, Amalia Castro Gomez, Raffaele Rigoli
  Ice Breaker 
Tuesday 18 September
08:30 – 10:30 Theory: SAR Reminders. Crop Monitoring with SAR and Optical
Trainer: Pierre Louis Frison
10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 – 12:30 (continuation )
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 – 15:00 Exercise: Crops classification with Sentinel-1, PALSAR and Sentinel-2 data (SNAP, QGIS/OTB)
Trainers: Pierre Louis Frison, Amalia Castro Gomez, Raffaele Rigoli
15:00 – 15:15 Coffee Break
15:15 – 17:30 (continuation )
Wednesday 19 September
08:30 – 10:30 Theory: SAR for Land Monitoring
Trainer: Pierre Louis Frison
10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 – 12:30 (continuation )
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 – 15:00 Exercise: Multitemporal Change Detection using Sentinel-2 and Landsat-8 (SNAP, Rstudio) 
Trainers: Amalia Castro Gomez, Raffaele Rigoli
15:00 – 15:15 Coffee Break
15:15 – 17:30 (continuation )
Thursday 20 September
08:30 – 10:30 Exercise: Flood monitoring with S1/S2  (SNAP)
Trainer: Luca Pipia
10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 – 12:30 (continuation)
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 – 15:00 Theory: Automated vegetation properties mapping: application of S2 vegetation loss quantification (ARTMO software)
Trainer: Jochem Verrelst
15:00 – 15:15 Coffee Break
15:15 – 17:30 Exercise: Wildfire mapping from S1/S2 (SNAP/QGIS)
Trainer: Jochem Verrelst
Friday 21 September
08:30 – 10:30 Theory: SAR/Optical Applications to Ice and Snow
Trainer: Gabriele Schwaizer
10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 – 12:30 (continuation)
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 – 15:00 Exercise: S1/S2 Snow and Ice (SNAP, QGIS)
Trainers: Gabriele Schwaizer, Amalia Castro, Raffaele Rigoli
15:00 – 15:15 Coffee Break
15:15 – 17:30 (continuation)
17:00-17:30 Feedback and Presentation of certificates