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10th ESA Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing 2021

 September 20, 2021 - September 24, 2021
 Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering (FGG)

EO and AI for Forestry


This course was dedicated to training the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists and experts working in forestry domain to exploit data from EO missions (e.g. the Copernicus Sentinels) and use Artificial Intelligence (AI) for science and applications development.

The training included theory and hands-on sessions on the following topics:

  • Introduction to the Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 missions and their performance
  • Introduction to ESA BIOMASS mission
  • Natural disturbances of forests
  • Forest cover monitoring and change detection with optical and SAR remote sensing
  • Forest fires detection with optical and thermal remote sensing
  • Deforestation and forest degradation
  • PolInSAR and TomoSAR for forests
  • Forest structure and biomass retrieval using SAR
  • Accuracy in forest mapping
  • S2 and Landsat timeseries for forests monitoring
  • EO Browser
  • AI for forests
  • Forestry Thematic Exploitation Platform
  • Training on the use of ESA SNAP toolbox


The course was held as a hybrid event. If allowed to travel, lecturers and participants were encouraged to attend on-site at the University of Ljubljana. Participants who could not travel due to the COVID-19 related regulations had the option to participate online.


Access here below the full programme and the training materials (videos of the sessions, theory slides, practical slides and datasets).


University of Ljubljana


Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering (FGG)
Jamova cesta 2
Ljubljana, Slovenia
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