Land Training Course 2011

Crocow, Poland • 12-16 September 2011


ESA Advanced Training Course in Land Remote Sensing
12-16 September 2011 / Kraków, Poland

The European Space Agency is organising a series of advanced thematic training courses devoted to train the next generation of EO PIs to exploit data from ESA and Third Party EO Missions for science and applications development.

In 2011, post graduate, PhD students, post – doctoral research scientists and users from European countries and Canada interested in Land remote sensing applications are invited to attend a 5 day advanced training course in the subject.


The advanced land training course aims at:

  1. Training the next generation of European and Canadian Principal Investigators (PIs);
  2. Introducing available tools and methods for the exploitation of ERS, Envisat, TPM and Explorers satellite data;
  3. Stimulating and supporting the exploitation of ESA EO and Third Party Mission (TPM) remote sensing data for land applications.

Preliminary Programme

This advanced training course will focus on land remote sensing theory and applications. It will be 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 will address both SAR and Optical/Thermal remote sensing.
The training course will include formal lectures by leading scientists as well as hands-on computing exercises exposing students to remote sensing applications. Practicals will use 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.

Participation & Fees
No participation fee will be charged for the training. The number of participants to the training is limited to 60. Students wishing to apply should fill out the on-line application form.
The deadline for application is 30 April 2011.
Participants are expected to meet their own accommodation and travel costs.

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