RUS Remote Training: Ship detection with Sentinel-1 using SNAP S-1 toolbox

*** UPDATE: The training has been moved to Thursday 18 February (original date: Thursday 11 February).***


Due to the high level of interest, we are offering again the " Ship detection with Sentinel-1 using SNAP S-1 toolbox" remote F2F training session. 

In response to the current situation and restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this hands-on training will be held remotely. The session will consist of a live demonstration, followed by a time to repeat the exercise on your pre-configured RUS Virtual Machines with live support from the RUS EO expert team. The session will close with live Q&A. 

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). 


Background

In this session we will employ the ESA SNAP Sentinel-1 Toolbox to demonstrate an example of maritime surveillance using Sentinel-1 satellite-borne Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR). 

Marine surveillance can be done using different methodologies. A first option consists of cooperative systems in which ships themselves report their identities and positions. The three most common options are Automatic Identification System (AIS), Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) and Vessel Monitoring System (VMS). While the first one is in fact available continuously and globally, the two others are not.  


Another option is the non-cooperative systems which do not require cooperation on the side of the vessel. These systems most commonly use cameras and radars located on a variety of platforms (ships, airplanes, satellites, etc.). Ship detection with Sentinel-1 falls into the non-cooperative category and enables detection of vessels not carrying AIS or other tracking system on board such as smaller fishing ships or ships that are in the surveyed area illegally (illegal fishing, piracy etc.). Moreover, SAR is not reliant on solar illumination and is rather independent of weather conditions, therefore enabling frequent monitoring. 


This training is primarily dedicated to participants from start-ups and SMEs but will of course be open to all applicants. 


Type

Remote Face to Face


Schedule

Thursday 18 February 2021 - 9:00 AM - 15:30 PM CET 

09:00 - 09:15 - RUS Copernicus introduction 

09:15 - 11:45 - Demo Ship detection with Sentinel-1 using SNAP S-1 toolbox 

11:45 - 15:00 - Time to repeat the exercise on your own RUS VM (with Live Chat support) and have lunch! (Keep in mind the time required to repeat the exercise is approximately 2 to 3 hours) 

15:00 - 15:30 - Live Q&A session 


Equipment

Attendees will need a laptop (it is not possible to attend connected from a mobile phone or a tablet) and will be provided with access to the RUS platform Virtual Machine (information on how to request and access the VM will be provided by e-mail). 


Cost & Participation

Attendance to the training course is free of charge.


Audience & Selection

Attendees will need a laptop (it is not possible to attend connected from a mobile phone or a tablet) and will be provided with access to the RUS platform Virtual Machine (information on how to request and access the VM will be provided by e-mail). 


Selected participants will be notified during the first week of February with necessary information to receive and access the training and the RUS virtual machine.


Venue & Room

Online training - GoToWebinar Platform.

Training date

Thursday 18th of February 2021

Application opening - closing

Monday 11th of January 2021 - Sunday 31st of January 2021
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