Sentinel data and applications at living planet symposium 2019

This past training was

Sunday 12th of May 2019

On the occasion of the Living Planet Symposium 2019, on Sunday 12 May 2019, RUS will provide 3 different half day hands-on training sessions where participants will access a Virtual Machine from their own laptop to exploit the open source toolboxes available in the RUS environment to download and process Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2, Sentinel-3 and Sentinel 5-P data.


This year’s Living Planet Symposium 2019, which is usually held every three years, will take place on 13 – 17 May in Milan, Italy, and will focus on how Earth Observation gives a large contribution to science and society.

Please note that the SAR and Optical data fusion for land applications training course is full!

RUS Training Courses

Exercise 1: Marine applications with Sentinel-3

This half-day hands-on session will illustrate large scale applications dedicated to ocean monitoring with Sentinel-3 level-2 data.

Under the influence of coastal winds, the upwelling phenomenon brings cold and nutrient-rich waters from the bottom of the ocean to the surface. Upwelling areas are of prime interest for economies, human beings living along the coasts and ocean biodiversity as they are the most productive regions of the oceans. Identifying upwelling phenomena is particularly interesting to monitor fishing in these regions. It can also help minimizing interactions between fishing boats and great cetaceans.

The SLSTR, OLCI and SRAL instruments on board Sentinel-3 mission respectively record Sea Surface Temperature (SST), Ocean Colour and Sea Surface Height (SSH). The combined analyses of these three products allow an efficient identification and monitoring of the upwelling phenomenon along different continental coasts of the Earth.

This session will mainly focus on the analysis of Ocean Colour and SST data with open tools SNAP and Panoply. An introduction to the processing of altimetry data with the BRAT Toolbox may be given at the end of the training if there is remaining time.

Trainers: Florian Poustomis | Noveltis

Duration: 3 – 4 hours

Software: SNAP, Panoply and/or BRAT

Exercise 2: Exploiting Sentinel-5P Data

Sentinel-5P is the last launched satellite of the Copernicus Sentinel program. Its main goal is to screen the Earth’s atmosphere and quantify different pollutants (CO, NO2, SO2, O3, aerosols…) with a great accuracy and spatial resolution. It also provides with measurement continuity with precedent and ongoing atmospheric spatial missions (OMI, IASI and SCHIAMACHY).

This half day training will focus on the creation of Level-3 gridded products for a particular type of trace gas and/or aerosol in the atmosphere out of Level-2 Sentinel-5P data with the BEAT Toolbox. The participants will learn to monitor both daily pollution and polluting events based on the created Level-3 gridded products.

The trainees will first get familiar with the structure of S5P products and where the data of interest are according to the study field. Then they will learn how to create a world map of the pollution caused by a particular type of trace gas. They will also learn how to monitor and follow a polluting event thanks to the daily measurement of Sentinel-5P. They will eventually learn how to quantify the pollution in a city during distinct parts of the year.

Trainers: Simon Boitard | Noveltis

Duration: 3 – 4 hours

Software: BEAT Toolbox


Attendees must bring their own laptop/mouse and will be provided with access to the RUS platform Virtual Machine.

Cost & Participation

Attendance to the training course is free of charge, however travel and accommodation expenses are excluded.

Confirmation e-mails to selected attendees will be sent by the end of April 2019.

Please note that you may attend only one of the three training sessions. Participation to the course is open to people registered to the Living Planet Symposium 2019 and matching RUS Conditions of use.

Max number of participants

Marine applications with Sentinel-3 

Space is limited to 20 Participants on a first-come first-served basis.

Exploiting Sentinel-5P Data 

Space is limited to 20 Participants on a first-come first-served basis.


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Sentinel data and applications at living planet symposium 2019

Date & training date:

Sunday 12th of May 2019

Marine applications with Sentinel-3 
12 May 2019 →  In between 14:00 and 18:00 (Timetable to be defined)

Exploiting Sentinel-5P Data
12 May 2019 → In between 14:00 and 18:00 (Timetable to be defined)


MiCo – Milano Congressi
Mi.Co. Gate 2
Viale 20145, Viale Eginardo, 7, 20145 Milano MI ,Italy