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1st ESA Advanced Training Course on Cryosphere Remote Sensing 2016

 September 12, 2016 - September 16, 2016
 University of Leeds

As part of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) programme element, the European Space Agency (ESA) organised a new advanced Cryosphere Training Course devoted to train the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists to exploit data from ESA and operational EO Missions (e.g. the Sentinels) for science and applications development.

Post graduate, PhD students, post–doctoral research scientists and users from European countries and Canada interested in Cryosphere Remote Sensing and its applications were invited to apply to the 5 day course which was held at the University of Leeds, UK from 12 to 16 September 2016. Research scientists and students from all other countries were also welcome to apply and participate to the course subject to space availability.

No participation fees were charged for the training. Participants were expected to finance their own travel and accommodation expenses. The official language of the course was English.


The Advanced Cryosphere Training Course aimed at:

  • Training the next generation of European and Canadian Principal Investigators (PIs);
  • Explaining theoretical principles, processing algorithms, data products and their use in applications;
  • Introducing tools and methods for the exploitation of EO satellite data, in particular from the Sentinels.
  • Stimulating and supporting the exploitation of ESA EO and Third Party Mission data for remote sensing science and its applications to the cryosphere.


The course provided advanced scientific knowledge on theory and applications for cryosphere remote sensing. It was organised around five main components:

  • Presentation of the CryoSat-2, Sentinel-1, -2 and -3 missions
  • Theoretical fundamentals of space-borne Optical, SAR, gravimeter and altimeter remote sensing;
  • EO lectures on the Cryosphere, with a focus on Sea Ice, Mountain Glaciers, Snow and the Polar Ice Sheets;
  • Practicals using ESA toolboxes and commercial software for scientific exploitation of EO data;
  • EO data processing and product demonstration for monitoring the cryosphere.

The training course included formal lectures by leading scientists as well as hands-on computing exercises exploiting real and simulated data for science and application.

Students who successfully completed all aspects of the ESA Earth Observation of the Cryosphere advanced training course were eligible to receive 5 ECTS credits from the University of Leeds.

Access here below the full programme and training material (both theory and practicals).


September 12, 2016
September 16, 2016
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