ESA Land Training 2021

Forest Fires in Russia. Image: ESA.

Event Organisers: 

European Space Agency (ESA)

Co-organisers: 

Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering at the University of Ljubljana, Ministry of Economic Development and Technology of the Republic of Slovenia, Tourist Board of the Republic of Slovenia

Date: 

20/09/2021 to 24/09/2021

Description: 

The European Space Agency (ESA) is organising an Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing with the focus on Earth Observation and Artificial Intelligence for Forestry. This course is dedicated to training the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists and experts working in forestry domain to exploit data from EO missions (e.g. the Copernicus Sentinels) and use Artificial Intelligence (AI) for science and applications development. The course is part of ESA’s EO Science for Society – Scientific Exploitation element of EOEP-5 (the fifth cycle of ESA’s Earth Observation Envelope Programme).

Training Format

The 5-day course will be held from 20 to 24 September 2021 as a hybrid event. If allowed to travel, lecturers and participants will be encouraged to attend the course at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Participants who cannot travel, due to the Covid regulations, can attend online.

Objective

The Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing – EO and AI for Forestry aims at:

  • Training the next generation of scientists and professionals on remote sensing for land surfaces, with the focus on forestry
  • Explaining the theoretical principles, processing algorithms, data products and their use in forestry applications
  • Introducing tool and methods for the exploitation of EO satellite data, in particular the Sentinels
  • Stimulating the exploitation of EO and AI in the domain of forestry 
  • Demonstrating cloud-based, large-scale processing (Forestry Thematic Application Platform)

Topics

The training will include theory and hands-on sessions on the following topics:

  • Introduction to the Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 missions and their performance
  • Introduction to ESA BIOMASS mission
  • Natural disturbances of forests
  • Forest cover monitoring and change detection with optical and SAR remote sensing
  • Forest fires detection with optical and thermal remote sensing
  • Deforestation and forest degradation
  • PolInSAR and TomoSAR for forests
  • Forest structure and biomass retrieval using SAR
  • Accuracy in forest mapping
  • S2 and Landsat timeseries for forests monitoring
  • EO Browser
  • AI for forests
  • Forestry TEP
  • Training on the use of SNAP toolbox

Important notes

  • The application will be considered completed once the poster abstract and reference letter have been submitted
  • Number of participants is limited to a maximum of 50 students on-line and in-place, and is subject to a selection procedure by the organising committee. Onsite participation is preferred. If not possible, the accepted students will have the possibility to attend online
  • The academic referee will be notified once the application has been submitted
  • Notification of acceptance will be sent end June 2021
  • No participation fee is foreseen. If allowed to travel, participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses (financial support is not available)

Application submission closes 15 May, 2021.

Target Audience: 

Post graduate, PhD students, post-doctoral research scientists and professionals from European countries and Canada interested in the applications of Earth Observation and Artificial Intelligence for Forestry are welcome to apply for the course. Research scientists, students, EO and AI professionals from all other countries are also welcome to apply, subject to availability of space.

Venue: 

Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering at the University of Ljubljana

Venue City: 

Ljubljana

Venue Country: 

Language of event: 

English

Training type: 

academic
web-based

Hazard Type: 

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