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RUS Copernicus at EUROGEO 2021

This RUS Copernicus demonstration is organized as a part of the EUROGEO 2021conference (22 - 23 April 2021, Madrid, Spain).

The purpose of EUROGEO 2021 is to seek to contribute to global challenges by sharing knowledge about the important UN aim – the Sustainable Development Goals.

RUS Demonstration Sessions

Exercise 1 - Deforestation mapping with Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2

Forests cover almost a third of world's land surface, representing one of the most important ecosystems in our planet and a fundamental element to fight climate change. They provide fundamental ecosystem services such as absorbing, storing and converting carbon dioxide (C02) into oxygen or reducing the effect of erosion caused by wind and rain amongst other. Moreover, forests create natural habitat to a large variegate of flora and fauna species, hence preserving global biodiversity.

Rapid shrinking of forest creates a major threat and increases the effects of climate change. Every year, large forested areas are cleared out all over the world due to different driving forces and precise monitoring of these activities is required to reduce their negative impact.The Copernicus program, which includes a new family of earth observation satellites known as the Sentinels, provides a unique opportunity to quickly map the ever-changing forests and provide regular updates on their condition at a range of spatial and temporal resolutions. During this demo session, the main processing steps required to map deforestation using Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 will be shown using open source toolboxes available in the RUS Copernicus Virtual Machine.

Exercise 2 - Flood mapping with Sentinel-1

Amongst the different natural hazards, floods accounts for almost half of the weather-related disasters recorded during the last 20 years. Earth observation satellites can be used for flood mapping and assessment (e.g. early warning systems or post-disaster mapping). The adverse weather conditions during flooding events make Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) a suitable approach due to its independence on weather and solar illumination.
Since the launch of Sentinel-1, a European C-band SAR satellite, routine collections of large amounts of data with short revisit times are made freely available, enhancing the capabilities of flood response activities. Taking advantage of the all-weather and day-and-night sensing capabilities of SAR sensors, in this demo we will demonstrate the main SAR processing steps required to use Sentinel-1 GRD products to map the extent of a flooded area. For this, we will make use of a variety of techniques using the open source toolboxes available in the RUS Copernicus Virtual Machine.

Schedule

09:00 - 10:30 - Deforestation mapping with Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 (Room B)

12:00 - 13:30 - Flood mapping with Sentinel-1(Room B)

       > More info here.

Cost & Participation

The participation to the course is open to the people registered to the EUROGEO 2021conference.

Attendance to the event is subject to the EUROGEO conference fee.

          > More info and registration here.

Training date

Friday 23rd of April 2021

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