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Ship Detection with Sentinel-1

In this webinar you will learn the basics of image processing for ship detection: we will show you how to access the RUS service and how to download, process, analyse and visualise the free data acquired by the Copernicus satellites constellation. We will employ the ESA SNAP Sentinel-1 Toolbox to demonstrate an example of marine surveillance in the Gulf of Trieste, Italy using Sentinel-1 satellite-borne Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR).


Depending on the resolution of the SAR data used, earth observation satellites may detect vessels not carrying tracking systems on board, for example small fishing ships. Moreover, SAR is not reliant on solar illumination and is rather independent of weather conditions, therefore enabling frequent monitoring. In addition, what distinguishes Sentinel-1 as a valuable tool for marine surveillance, compared to other SAR satellites, is a routine collection of a large amount of data (as opposed to acquisitions on demand) that are made freely available. 

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  • After Login, go to Your RUS service > Your dashboard and click on the Request a new User Service button
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Audience:            Participants at all levels of proficiency are welcome to attend.

Type:                    Webinar

Duration:            1 hour + 20 minutes for Q&A

Training date

Thursday 5th of October 2017

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