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Land Monitoring and Burned Area Mapping with Copernicus Sentinels

This webinar session is organized by RUS Copernicus in support of the GEOBIA Summer School 2020 held by University of Salzburg, Department of Geoinformatics (Z_GIS) – UNIGIS, with support of CopHub.AC and ESA. 

In the first part of this webinar, you will learn the basics of Sentinel-3 Ocean and Land Colour Instrument (OLCI) image processing for large scale vegetation monitoring and in the second part we will look at Burned area mapping using the Sentinel-2 MultiSpectral Instrument. We will show you how to access, process, analyse and visualise the free data acquired by the Copernicus satellites and employ the ESA SNAP Sentinel Toolbox.  


Land Monitoring with Sentinel-3 OLCI 

Land surface dynamics represents one of the key drivers to assess environmental change at different scales. Monitoring activities play a relevant role in order to detect and understand those patterns and to measure the ecosystems resilience.  

Satellite based Earth observation methods are one of the best approaches to perform those tasks at local, regional and global scale. The Sentinel-3 Ocean and Land Color Instrument (OLCI) provides continuous observations with high temporal frequency ensuring the capability to monitor vegetation dynamics on regional and global scales.  

Burned Area Mapping with Sentinel-2 

Accurate and rapid mapping of areas damaged by fire is fundamental to support fire management, account for environmental loss, define planning strategies and monitor the restoration of vegetation. In recent years increase in wildfires was observed globally, triggered by adverse weather conditions and human activity or combination of both.  

Optical remote sensing provides accurate and rapid information about burned areas, often using various vegetation indexes and specific band ratios such as the Normalized Burn Ratio (NBR). With 10m spatial resolution, high temporal frequency and free and open access to all acquisitions, Sentinel-2 MSI is an ideal tool to map and monitor wildfire vegetation damage and recovery.  

GEOBIA Summer School 2020 

The GEOBIA Summer School 2020 is organized by University of Salzburg, Department of Geoinformatics (Z_GIS) – UNIGIS, with support of CopHub.AC and ESA. 

This Summer School will provide an overview on Copernicus, its data and services and a profound introduction and training in object-based image analysis (OBIA) with different software. Thematically it will cover two out of the three Copernicus-relevant topics: Land monitoring, Emergency response including Humanitarian action, and Climate change. During the application, a preference can be given which will be addressed by designing the programme. Thus, it will specifically encourage participants from academia, industry, and public authorities at the interface between methodological development, service specification and provision of solutions. 


Due to the current and worldwide exceptional situation regarding the COVID-19 virus, the format of the Summer School will be adapted into a remote event. 

Participation to this demo will be held online via GoToWebinar platform

Training date

Thursday 4th of June 2020

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