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4th ESA Advanced Training Course on Ocean Remote Sensing 2015

 September 7, 2015 - September 11, 2015
 French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea – IFREMER

As part of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) programme element, the European Space Agency (ESA) organised an advanced Ocean Remote Sensing Training Course, devoted to train the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists to exploit data from ESA and operational EO Missions for science and applications development. The Training Course was co-sponsored by the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER) and was held at IFREMER, Brest (France) from 7-11 September 2015.

Post graduate, PhD students, post doctoral research scientists and users from European countries and Canada interested in Ocean Remote Sensing were invited to apply to the 5 day course on the subject. 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 but participants were expected to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses (financial support was not available). The official language of the training course was English. Participation was limited to 50 students.

The Advanced Ocean Training Course aimed at:

  • Training the next generation of European and Canadian EO scientists and Principal Investigators (PIs);
  • Explaining theoretical principles of Ocean Colour Radiometry, SST retrievals, SAR and Radar Altimetry principles and applications;
  • Introducing tools and methods for the exploitation of EO satellite data;
  • Stimulating and supporting the exploitation of the ESA Earth Explorer missions and the Sentinels for ocean remote sensing science and applications


The training course was devoted to applications of ESA EO data and information retrieval using optical, IR, SAR and Radar Altimeter data.

The course included formal lectures by leading scientists as well as hands-on practical exercises allowing students to work with SAR, Optical, Thermal and Radar Altimeter data.

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


September 7, 2015
September 11, 2015
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