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Bathymetry Derivation with Sentinel-2

During this webinar, you will learn how to use Sentinel-2 data to Derive Nearshore Bathymetry.
We will also show you how to access the RUS Service and how to download, process, analyse and visualize the free data acquired by the Copernicus satellites.


Recent advances in satellite technology in terms of higher spatial resolution, multi-spectral bands and open data access, have enhanced the ability for the monitoring and management of coastal areas. Satellite images are to be one of the most potential alternatives to water depth estimation due to the wide area coverage, repeatability, and low cost.

Depth retrieval can be achieved using either Analytical or Empirical Bathymetry methods. Empirical methods need additionally in situ measurements and can follow two approaches: Either the one of Lyzenga et al. (1978, 2006), proposing log-linear correlation between multiband and water depth values, and focusing mainly on removing all other reflected parameters attenuating water bottom signals, or the approach of Stumpf et al. (2003), using a ratio of bands and the difference in attenuation of different bands in water.

The characteristics of the nearshore are dependent on their bathymetry. Variations in the sea floor can be caused by various processes, like sedimentation, and can be depicted by colour or contour lines (isobaths).

Sentinel-2 is a wide-swath, high-resolution, multi-spectral imaging mission, also supporting water cover monitoring. The acquired data, mission coverage and high revisit frequency are particularly effective for Satellite Derived Bathymetry (SDB) application.

In this webinar we will focus on SDB using the ratio transform algorithm developed by Stumpf et al. (2003), with the use of Sentinel-2 imagery for depth derivation and the regression parameters retrieval.

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1 hours 20 minutes + Q&A session

Training time

14:30 - 16:00 CEST

Training date

Thursday 8th of April 2021


Georgia Karadimou / Serco Italia S.p.A

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