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ESA Training Course on Arctic Methane and Permafrost 2022

 September 19, 2022 - September 23, 2022
 Andoya Space Centre (ASC), Andenes, Norway

The European Space Agency (ESA) organised an Earth Observation (EO) training course in collaboration with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

The course took place from 19 – 23 September 2022 at the premises of the Andoya Space Centre (ASC) in Andenes, Norway.

The training was designed to promote and disseminate EO data and information-based solutions focussing on Arctic Methane and Permafrost. The programme provided theoretical information followed by practical exercises and featured the use of Satellite data from different missions together with airborne and ground based data together with process modelling.

The course was held for researchers, students, PhD students and young professionals who use EO technology within their research or work and want to improve their knowledge of remote sensing. 24 students and 11 lecturers attended the summer school.


  • Introduction to the ESA NASA Arctic Methane & Permafrost challenge
  • Arctic ecosystem science
  • SAR & optical data focusing on permafrost regions
  • Active & passive remote sensing of the atmosphere
  • Synthesing Remote sensing, modelling and in situ observations
  • Arctic Process Modelling
  • Science Communication

The language of the course was English. Registration to the course was free. Participation was limited and subject to a selection process.

Required level of pre-existing knowledge in EO: Basic skills in both remote sensing and Arctic processes.

Costs: There was course materials, tea and coffee breaks, breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday to Friday. Accommodation was pre-arranged and covered from Sunday to Saturday. Travel expenses and additional expenses not mentioned above were responsibility of participants.

Registrations: 10 June – 15 July 2022. Registration link ( The successful applicants was notified by 01 August, 2022. Please keep in mind that the course has a limited capacity.

Certificate: At the end of the course, participants were be given an attendance certificate.

Access here below the draft training course programme.

Preliminary Programme

Featured image:
Ponds resulting from thawing permafrost in Alaska. Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2020) processed by ESA with Sentinel Hub EO Browser


September 19, 2022
September 23, 2022
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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)


Andoya Space Centre (ASC), Andenes, Norway