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8th ESA Training Course on Radar and Optical Remote Sensing

Institute for Environmental Solutions (IES), Cesis, Latvia

05 - 09 September 2016

The first ESA Training Course on Radar and Optical Remote Sensing was held in Cēsis, Latvia, from 5 to 9 September 2016. The course was hosted by the Institute for Environmental Solutions (IES). 30 researchers, MSc and PhD students and professionals from Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia attended the course. The training team included experts from Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and Estonia.

The aim of the course was to raise the level of competence in ESA's Cooperating States in preparation for their becoming full ESA member states. The course provided an introduction to the theory and applications of radar and optical remote sensing. The applications included those most relevant to the Northern European region, including forestry, agriculture, land-use and marine applications. The focus of the course was on the use of Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 data. Practical exercises were carried out with the ESA Sentinel Application Platform (SNAP) toolbox.

The participants, trainers and organisers of the 8th ESA Training Course on Radar and Optical Remote Sensing. Photo: IES

Programme and Course Material

Monday 5th September
Time Activity
08:30 - 09:00 Registration
09:00 - 09:15 Welcome from Institute for Environmental Solutions
Speaker: Inese Suija – Markova
09:15 - 09:45 Theory: Introduction to ESA and Earth Observation
Speaker: Francesco Sarti
09:45 – 10:45 Theory: Introduction to SAR
Trainer: Christian Thiel
10:45 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30 Theory: Introduction to SAR
Trainer: Christian Thiel
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:15 Theory: SAR forestry
Trainer: Christian Thiel
15:15 - 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 – 17:30 Practical: SAR pre-processing
Trainer: Christian Thiel
17:30 - 19:00 Free time
19:00 - 22:00 Welcome Dinner in Cesis Medieval Castle

 

Tuesday 6th September
Time Activity
08:30 - 10:45 Theory: SAR forestry
Trainer: Christian Thiel
10:45 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Theory: SAR forestry
Trainer: Christian Thiel
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:15 Theory: Optical land applications (focus on agriculture)
Trainer: Pierre Defourny
15:15 - 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 - 17:30 Theory: Optical land applications (focus on agriculture)
Trainer: Pierre Defourny
17:30 Free time

 

Wednesday 7th September
Time Activity
08:30 - 10:45 Practical: Optical agriculture
Trainer: Pierre Defourny
10:45 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30 Practical: Optical agriculture
Trainer: Pierre Defourny
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:15 Practical: Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 applications with SNAP toolbox
Trainer: Chris Stewart
15:15 - 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 - 17:30 Practical: Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 applications with SNAP toolbox
Trainer: Chris Stewart
17:30 - 18:00 Free time
18:00 - 21:00 Excursion to the neighbouring town of Sigulda

 

Thursday 8th September
Time Activity
08:30 - 10:45 Theory: SAR land applications
Trainer: Francesco Holecz
10:45 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30 Theory: SAR land applications
Trainer: Francesco Holecz
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 13:50 Earth Observation Research in Tartu Observatory and Tartu University Speaker: Kaupo Voormansik
13:50 - 15:15 Practical: SAR land applications
Trainer: Francesco Holecz
15:15 - 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 – 17:30 Practical: SAR land applications
Trainer: Francesco Holecz
17:30 - 18:30 Free time
18:30 - 22:00 Gala dinner and cultural program by Institute for Environmental Solutions

 

Friday 9th September
Time Activity
08:30 - 10:45 Theory: SAR marine applications
Trainer: Martin Gade
10:45 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30 Theory: SAR marine applications
Trainer: Martin Gade
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:15 Practical: SAR marine applications
Trainer: Martin Gade
15:15 - 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 - 17:00 Practical: SAR marine applications
Trainer: Martin Gade
17:00 - 17:30 Closing ceremony
17:30 - 18:30 Free time
19:00 - 21:00 Shuttle from Cesis to Riga