Earth Observation Remote Sensing Workshop

ESEC, Redu, Belgium


ESA’s Education Office, with the support of the Science, Applications & Climate Department, is now inviting applications from Master and PhD students enrolled in engineering or science degrees for an exciting new workshop on Earth Observation Remote Sensing.

ESA is dedicated to Earth Observation (EO) satellite missions, being the driving force behind the Sentinels missions, among many others, such as the small Proba-V one. EO satellites are vital for supporting the daily lives of people all around the globe, and will be at the forefront of efforts to confront future challenges. The remote sensing data they generate enables rapid responses to natural disasters such as flooding; the monitoring of vegetation and agriculture; optimisation of water usage; methods of preserving resources; better understanding of urban development; monitoring meteorological and environmental parameters essential to understanding the evolution of Earth’s global-scale dynamics... the list goes on! ESA is running this Earth Observation Remote Sensing Workshop to support future generations of EO scientists.

The Workshop will be held from the 10 to 14 December 2018 in ESA Academy’s Training & Learning Facility (TLF) located in ESEC-Galaxia, Belgium. During these five days, university students will become acquainted with the basics of Remote Sensing, along with an overview of ESA’s EO satellite missions. Students will also learn about the science of radar and optical remote sensing, as well as data fusion. Delivered by retired ESA[NC1] specialists and experts from academic institutions and industry, emphasis will be given to gaining practical skills and putting them to use through group exercises using actual remote sensing tools.

Day 1

Introduction to Earth Observation Missions at ESA. Basics of Remote Sensing. Exercise 1: Familiarisation with Remote Sensing Tools

Day 2

Radar Remote Sensing Introduction. Radar Remote Sensing Application. Exercise 2: Analysis of Radar Remote Sensing Images

Day 3

Optical Remote Sensing Introduction. Optical Remote Sensing Application. Exercise 3: Analysis of Optical Remote Sensing Images

Day 4

Introduction to Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing. Invited Speaker on EO Processing Workflow & Application.Visit to ESEC-Redu site. Remote Sensing Data Fusion. Exercise 4: Analysis of Optical & Radar Remote Sensing Images using Data Fusion

Day 5

Data Fusion & GIS applications. Exercise 5: Second exercise on Data Fusion & GIS applications. Evaluation

Who can apply?

In order to participate, students must fulfil the following criteria at the time of application: 

  • be aged between 18 and 32;
  • be a citizen of an ESA Member or Associate State;
  • be enrolled as a full-time Master or PhD student in a university (not graduating before the Workshop);
  • be studying for an engineering or science degree.

The selected students will be sponsored by ESA. The sponsorship will cover accommodation and meals, as well as up to 200 Euros for travelling to Belgium.

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