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Volcano Monitoring with Sentinel-2

During this webinar, you will learn how to use Sentinel-2 data in order to monitor the volcanic activity and more specifically how to trace the lava flow.  

We will exploit the different spectral bands that are in various frequencies of parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, and by combining them, changes on lava over time will be detected. 

We will also show you how to access the RUS Service and how to download, process, analyse and visualize the free data acquired by the Copernicus satellites.  


In this webinar, we will focus on the Etna volcano, one of the three active volcanoes in Italy. Mount Etna, is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, Italy. It is the largest volcano in Italy, covering an area of 1,190 km2, with a basal circumference of 140 km and one of the tallest active volcanoes in Europe with a current height of 3,326 m.  

Etna’s eruptions are of multiple patterns. They can be either flank or occur at the summit, which has five distinct craters. The volcano is known for many eruptions, with the volcanic activity to have firstly started taking place at about 500,000 years ago. There has been an increase at the eruptive events recorded the last few years, and the most recent summit eruptions have started in February 2021. This is the event we will monitor in this webinar, from February 2021 up to May 2021. 

Some eruptions apart from being highly explosive, they may also threaten the inhabited areas around the volcano. Several injuries, deaths, damages and loss of properties have been recorded because of volcanic eruptions and the following to them natural phenomena all over the world. The city of Catania has been affected by this recent event, mainly by the volcanic ash that covered most of the area. 

Due to the history of recent activity and nearby population, Mount Etna has been designated a Decade Volcano by the United Nations. In June 2013, it was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

Repeat the webinar




1 hours 20 minutes + Q&A session

Training Time

14:30 - 16:00 CEST

Training date

Thursday 27th of May 2021


Georgia Karadimou / Serco Italia S.p.A

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