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RUS Remote Training: Copernicus for Geological and Geomorphological applications

In response to the current situation and restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, RUS Copernicus is organizing a remote hands-on training - you can participate from the safety of your home/office and still get all the benefits of RUS face-2-face practical training.

This 3-days remote hands-on training course is organised by RUS and the Copernicus Academy in Greece, of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

The RUS training course will include theory lectures as well as hands-on exercises, where you will access from your own laptop a Virtual Machine to exploit the open source toolboxes available in the RUS environment to download and process the data.

Please note that the RUS Copernicus Virtual Machines used for this training course can only be provided to citizens/residents of the Copernicus programme member countries (EU plus Iceland and Norway).


Day 1 – Monday 8 June, Theory from the Copernicus Academy coordinator

Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 Theory

During this session, an introduction to satellite remote sensing will be given, with focus on Sentinel-1 SAR data and Sentinel-2 optical data. We will explore the different information they can be retrieved by using these missions’ content. An introduction to optical and SAR data analysis for the different applications will be provided, as well as on the SAR interferometric principles.

Day 2 – Tuesday 9 June, RUS Hands-on exercise (within RUS environment)

Waterbodies Mapping with Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2

Water bodies cover a large part of the Earth's surface and the ability to accurately map them is significant to many scientific applications. In this training course we will study how to map and monitor the water bodies extent and be able to use the techniques applied in case of emergency. There are various methods that are used on operational basis. The data that will be used for this purpose are Sentinel-1 SLC and Sentinel-2 products, and we will explore the advantages and disadvantages of each type.

Day 3 – Wednesday 10 June, RUS Hands-on exercise (within RUS environment)

InSAR processing for ground deformation with Sentinel-1

InSAR is a method that allows us to detect and monitor ground displacement over large areas. Terrain motions can be caused by earthquakes, that occur very often worldwide. Mechanisms that cause them, may vary (tectonic faults activation, movement of magma in volcanoes). Land subsidence is also very important to be monitored, especially for urban and agricultural areas which are susceptible to ground instabilities, whether they are related to anthropogenic or natural-geological activities. We will use Sentinel-1 SLC products to derive the deformation caused and combine it with geological data.


Attendees will work on their own laptop and will be provided with access to the RUS platform Virtual Machine.


Audience & Selection

This training course is addressed to participants who are familiar to remote sensing techniques and data analyses.

Participants will be selected based on their background and scientific interest.


Preliminary Schedule

Monday 8 June: 10:00 – 13:00 EEST

Tuesday 9 June: 10:00 – 16:00 EEST

Wednesday 10 June: 10:00 – 16:00 EEST

More information and updates will be found here.

Information on how to request and access the VM and on how to access the live sessions will be provided by e-mail.


Max number of participants




Online training – GoToWebinar platform

Training date

Monday 8th of June 2020 - Wednesday 10th of June 2020


Antonios Mouratidis / Copernicus Academy Office/Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Georgia Karadimou / Serco Italia S.p.A

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