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1st Edition

Remote sensing for earth observation

January 8th-11th, 2020, Barcelona (Spain)

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Course Remote Sensing for Earth Observation

Course Overview

High-quality data from remote sensing can benefit the study of the Earth system as a tool for acquiring information about the Earth through recording reflected or emitted energy. There are already a myriad variety of satellite sensors that vary in temporal, spatial coverage and resolution. Technology is advancing fast, adding new sensors and applications, as well as powerful and faster methods for image processing that are revolutionising the state-of-art on remote sensing and will become an indispensable tool for geography in the very near-future.

Students will learn the principles of remote sensing systems, and how relevant information can be derived from remotely sensed data over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales and resolutions. Students will also learn about the latest technologies underpinning Earth Observation, and develop image processing skills and learn how remote sensing data can be used to extend our understanding of global environmental changes.

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to explore the role of remote sensing in monitoring Earth processes and dynamics at a range of spatial and temporal scales, with particular focus on the use of techniques and instruments designed to monitor the global environmental properties of the Earth.

The aims of this course are fulfilled by initially examining the fundamentals and physical basis of remote sensing, and then on how remote sensing is applied to Earth System processes and dynamics. The latest state-of-art techniques to analyse and interpret images will be used to understand local, regional and global environmental changes through worked exercises.

LOCATION

Can Carol

C/ Font de la Reina, 5
08786 Capellades, Barcelona (Spain)

How to get there

DATE

January 8th-11th, 2020

LANGUAGE

English

COURSE LENGTH & ECTS

32 hours on-site.

This course is equivalent to 1 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) at the Life Science Zurich Graduate School.

The recognition of ECTS by other institutions depends on each university or school.

PLACES

Places are limited to 16 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order.

Participants who have completed the course will receive a certificate at the end of it.

Instructor

Imma Oliveras instructor for Transmitting Science

Imma Oliveras
University of Oxford
United Kingdom

Coordinator

Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno instructor at Transmitting Science

Dr. Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno
Transmitting Science
Spain

Requirements

Graduate or postgraduate degree in Life or Earth Sciences.

Knowledge of R and RStudio (including knowledge on writing own codes), and familiarity with GIS (ArcGIS, QGis). Participants are expected to bring a project proposal of remote sensing application to work with during the week.

All participants must bring their own personal laptop (Windows, Macintosh).

Program

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020.

Morning; fundamentals of Remote Sensing for Earth Observation (lecture and discussion):

  • History of remote sensing.
  • Physical principles of remote sensing (radiation laws, electromagnetic radiation).
  • Satellite orbits and types.
  • Sensor types and characteristics.
    • Resolution.
    • Satellite-based sensors in visible and infrared wavelengths (low, medium and high-spatial resolution sensors).
    • Active sensors (LIDAR, RADAR).

Afternoon; lecture, discussion and worked exercises:

  • Remote sensing application, data acquisition platforms and methods.
  • Data download and image visualization
  • Introduction to Google Earth Engine
  • Remote sensing processing methods: introduction to Google Earth Engine, R, QGis.

Thursday, January 9th, 2020.

Remote sensing data processing (I):

  • All-day overview of short lectures and practical exercises.
    • Basic operations with remote sensing: mosaicking, compositing, spectral indices.
    • Advanced operations: masking, classifying, time-series analyses.

Friday, January 10th, 2020.

Remote Sensing data processing (II) – Case study 1 (satellite-based, passive sensor):

  • All-day overview of short lectures and practical exercises.
    • Setting of a Case study and resolution.
    • Case study presentations and discussion

Saturday, January 11th, 2020.

Remote sensing data processing (III)- Case study 2 (satellite-based, active sensor):

  • All-day overview of short lectures and practical exercises.
    • Setting of a Case study and resolution.
    • Case study presentations and discussion.

Fees

  • Course Fee
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  • Early bird (until September 30th, 2019):
  • 532 *

    (425.60 for Ambassador Institutions)

  • Regular (after September 30th, 2019):
  • 658 *

    (526.40 for Ambassador Institutions)

  • This includes course material, coffee breaks and lunches (VAT included).
    * Participants from companies/industry will have an extra charge of 100 €.
  • Course Fee + Accommodation Package
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  • Early bird (until September 30th, 2019):
  • 532 * + 290 = 822

    (715.60 for Ambassador Institutions)

  • Regular (after September 30th, 2019):
  • 658 * + 290 = 948

    (816.40 for Ambassador Institutions)

  • This includes course material, coffee breaks, transportation from and to Barcelona city, accommodation from Sunday to Friday, breakfasts, lunches and dinners (VAT included).
    * Participants from companies/industry will have an extra charge of 100 €.

You can check the list of Ambassador Institutions HERE. If you want your institution to become a Transmitting Science Ambassador please contact us at communication@transmittingscience.org.

Discounts (see Funding below) are not cumulative and apply only on the fee.

We offer the possibility of paying in two instalments (contact the course coordinator).

Accommodation

Accommodation Package

If you take the Accommodation Package you will be hosted in the Rural House Can Carol, in single-sex shared dormitories (2 – 4 people) with bathroom en-suite.

If the number of participants exceeds the available rooms at Can Carol, some of them could be accommodated in the Hotel Tall del Conill, by registration order. The hotel is at 10 minutes walking, although transport will be provided in the morning and after dinner. Lunches and dinners will be with the whole group.

A supplemental charge will be added if you prefer to stay in a single room.

Accommodation is included from Sunday (check-in) to Friday (check-out). Breakfast, lunch and dinner are also provided during the week, starting from the dinner of Sunday to lunch of Friday (included).

Other accommodation options

If you do not want the Accommodation Package, accommodation is available in places other than Can Carol: Where to stay near the Venue.

Rural House Can Carol

Rural House Can Carol (Capellades, Barcelona, Spain)

Rural House Can Carol

Rural House Can Carol (Capellades, Barcelona, Spain)

Rural House Can Carol

Rural House Can Carol (Capellades, Barcelona, Spain)

Schedule

Course Schedule
  • Monday to Friday:
    • 9:30 to 13:30 Lessons.
    • 13:30 to 15:00 Lunch (included).
    • 15:00 to 19:00 Lessons.
Accommodation Package Schedule
  • Sunday:
    • 19:00 Meeting point in Plaza Catalunya (Barcelona) to take the bus to Capellades. If you are planning to arrive later, you can find more information on How to get there.
    • 20:00 Registration in the Hotel.
    • 20:30 Dinner.
  • Monday to Thursday:
    • 8:00 to 9:00 Breakfast.
    • 20:30 Dinner.
  • Friday:
    • 8:00 to 9:00 Breakfast.
    • 19:00 Meeting point in the Hotel to take the bus to Barcelona city.
    • 20:30 Arrival to Plaza Catalunya (Barcelona).

    The schedule is approximate; it is possible that the content of one day may run into the next and a working day may be longer than advertised.

Funding

Discounts

Former participants will have a 5 % discount on the Course Fee.

Furthermore, a 20 % discount on the Course Fee is offered for members of some organizations (Organizations with discount). If you want to apply to this discount please indicate it in the Registration form (proof will be asked later).

Unemployed scientists living in Spain, as well as PhD students based in Spain without any grant or scholarship to develop their PhD, could benefit from a 40 % discount on the Course Fee. If you want to ask for this discount, please contact the course coordinator. That would apply for a maximum of 2 places and they will be covered by strict inscription order.

Discounts are not cumulative and apply only on the fee, not to Accommodation Package or other options.

Organizers

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Collaborators

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