Launched in the Autumn 2017 to foster the use of EO Data and to overcome technical problems related to downloading, storing, and processing Sentinel data, the RUS (Research and User Support)service supports and advises users of the European countries, willing to benefit from the Earth Observation program, Copernicus. Funded by the European Commission, managed by the European Space Agency (ESA), RUS is operated by CS GROUP (Payload data and application department) and its partners: Serco Italia S.p.A, Noveltis, Along-Track, and CS Romania.
It addresses, at no cost, users of the European countries wishing to take advantage from all the satellite data released every day by the Copernicus program.
On Friday 31 July 2020, after three years of continuous activity, the RUS Copernicus Service will switch off its Virtual Machines. Now, the European Space Agency and the European Commission are questioning a possible extension of the service.
If you are attending the annual event promoted by the ASITA federation in Trieste (12 - 14 November), the RUS team will be delighted to welcome you on their booth, answer your questions and provide you information regarding the RUS Service.
The European Space Agency (ESA) is organising a Φ-week event, 9-13 September 2019, focusing on EO Open Science and FutureEO - to review the latest developments in Open Science trends.
5 September | RUS webinar | Altimetry and Oceanography with the BRAT Toolbox – Part 2
This webinar will be oriented to oceanography. The 27-days repeat cycle of Sentinel-3 will be used to assess the impact of a typhoon event on altimetry estimates. The possibility of generating monthly sea level anomaly (SLA) maps with BRAT will be also discussed as well as the capability of the toolbox to calculate geostrophic currents and the current speed.
During this webinar, you will be introduced to Sentinel-3 SRAL altimetry data and learn how to process the data using the ESA/CNES Broadview Radar Altimetry Toolbox (BRAT).
On the occasion of the 15th International Congress of the Geological Society of Greece, held every three years since the early 1980s, the RUS Copernicus Service will be presented during the POSTER SESSION: T5, T9, T10/T10.S2, T10.S1, T11/T11.S2, T11.S1
We will explain how the RUS Service is supporting and enhancing the uptake of Copernicus data, for the residents of the EU, providing not only a powerful computational environment, in the form of Virtual Machines, but also EO expertise and assistance for application-specific data selection, processing and visualization.
19 March | RUS Webinar | Earthquake deformation with Sentinel-1
During this webinar, we will employ RUS to learn how to study earthquakes. We will analyse the earthquake occurred on May 4, 2018 at the Hawaii Island, that was triggered by the eruption of Kilauea Volcano on May 3, 2018. We will use Sentinel-1 SLC products to derive the deformation caused and combine it with geological data.
We will show you how to access the RUS Service and how to download, process, analyse and visualize the free data acquired by the Copernicus satellites.
21 February | GMES & Africa Workshop for Services Design | Cloud Computing Training
During this closed session, organised as part of the Joint Research Center (JRC) activities, participants will become familiar with cloud computing and gain hands-on experience on the use of RUS Copernicus virtual machines for Earth Observation projects exploiting Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 data for agricultural applications.
The exercises will be based on Open tools (ESA SNAP Toolbox, QGIS, R and Orfeo Toolbox) and will be demonstrated by our trainer connected via internet to a remote RUS virtual machine.
Our team will be presenting the RUS Copernicus Service during the 15th International Congress of the Geological Society of Greece (Athens, 22 - 24 May 2019).
Offering systematic open and free Earth observation data at global coverage (and with an observational continuity ensured for decades), the Copernicus satellite constellation is a game-changer for many different applications, including climate monitoring, environmental changes (atmospheric, marine, land), agriculture, forestry, natural hazards and many others. However, the exploitation of remote sensing data is often computationally heavy and knowledge demanding.
Best wishes from the RUS Copernicus team!
The (ESA) is organising a event focusing on and to review the latest developments in Open Science trends and kick-start innovative activities of the recently created Φ-department looking at FutureEO.
The RUS team will be present during the exhibition and will also have a
16 October | RUS Webinar: Urban classification with Sentinel-1
Seats are still available!
During this webinar, we will employ RUS to map build-up areas in the surroundings of Bochum, Germany using a supervised classification (random forest algorithm) and coherence derived from Sentinel-1 SLC data.
We will show you how to access the RUS Service and how to download, process, analyze and visualize the free data acquired by the Copernicus satellites.
Do you still have any doubts about the RUS service? How to request a virtual machine? Or to access Sentinel data?
Come meet out team expert during the Copernicus Info Session in Sevilla on 4 October 2018 and clear out all your doubts!!!
20 September | RUS Webinar: Active fire detection with Sentinel-3
A few seats are still available!
In this webinar, you will learn the basics of image processing for active fire detection: we will show you how to access the RUS Service and how to download, process, analyze and visualize the free data acquired by the Copernicus satellites. We will use the ESA SNAP Sentinel-3 Toolbox to demonstrate the methodology to detect active fires with the SLSTR instrument onboard Sentinel-3.
More info & registration here.
23 September | Radar Altimetry Tutorial: Concrete Marine and Inland Water Applications using Sentinels data
During the 25 Years of Progress in Radar Altimetry Symposium, the RUS consortium will provide a 1-day training course for 20 participants.
The objective is to illustrate the capabilities of Open software tools developed within the ESA SEOM Programme on a concrete marine application and an inland water (hydrology) application.
Come visit the RUS Team at Stand 103 and learn more about our service!
The Copernicus RUS service will celebrate its first year of operations in October and has already benefited more than 600 users worldwide. Offered at no cost, the service is available for a large community of users coming from academic and public institutions, small and medium enterprises, start-ups, and NGOs. They can use the service to develop and strengthen their skills on a variety of datasets, tools and applications, autonomously or with the support of the helpdesk and its team of experts. Communication tools with RUS experts include email, a chat service, a discussion forum as well as face-to-face training sessions and regular webinars – in short, everything needed to successfully support user activities.
Read the full article here.
The RUS Team will be present during the World Water Week annual focal point event for the globe’s water issues held in Stockholm (26 - 31 August 2018)!
In 2018, World Water Week will address the theme “Water, ecosystems and human development”.
RUS Copernicus Twitter account just reached 1000 followers!
Thank you to each one of you!
RUS Webinar | 14 June
Our next live webinar on Land subsidence mapping with Sentinel-1 will take place on Thursday, 14 June 2018. SAVE THE DATE!
You will learn how to use SAR interferometry (InSAR) to identify and map land subsidence using the ESA SNAP Sentinel-1 Toolbox.
All info and registration here.
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RUS will be participating in the 2nd International Electronic Conference on Remote Sensing (22 March–5 April 2018) with a live webinar on 3 April 2018 and also a paper, which will be published in the event proceedings.
We have now launched our new E-Learning platform: learn online the remote sensing theory as explained by our experts from well-known Universities.
We are now on Facebook: start following us and spread the word!
Remember that you can also find us on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.
Upcoming face-to-face training – Lisbon, 8-9 Feb 2018
There is time only until Friday 15 December to apply for the free training course Sentinel data use for Land Cover and Forest Fires monitoring (20 participants will be selected):
Covered topics are:
For those who missed our webinar on Burned Area Mapping with Sentinel-2 data, which took place on 5 December, now you can:
Further to the great success of our webinars we are happy to announce our maximum number of registrants is now of 500.
If you did not make it to register to our Burned Area Mapping with Sentinel-2 webinar, make sure you do it now. Reserve your seat today!
Further to a poll on Twitter, our users have chosen the topic for our next 1-hour webinar taking place on 5 December 2017 at 3:00 PM CET:
For those who missed our webinars on Flood Mapping with Sentinel-1 data, you can now:
Further to the success of our webinars on Flood Mapping in Malawi using Sentinel 1, we have issued a poll on Twitter to ask users help us choose the topic for our next webinar, which we are planning for early December.
Follow us and vote within 14 November 2017!
Our webinars on Flood Mapping in Malawi using Sentinel 1 scheduled for 7 and 9 November 2017 have reached the maximum number of participants very quickly!
With only few simple steps you can practice the exercises explained in our webinars using the RUS Virtual Environment