Upwelling Event Monitoring with Sentinel-3 Data Using the SNAP Software

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Tuesday 16th of March 2021

RUS Copernicus will provide a full day hands-on training session where participants will access from their own laptop a Virtual Machine to exploit the open source software and toolboxes available in the RUS environment to download and process Sentinel-3 data.

Please note that the RUS Copernicus Virtual Machines used for this training course can only be provided to citizens/residents of the Copernicus programme member countries (EU plus Iceland and Norway).


The Sentinel-3 (S3) constellation is composed of two identical satellites: Sentinel-3A (S3A) and Sentinel-3B (S3B). The mission objectives are to quantify large-scale surface (both ocean and land) colour and temperature phenomena as well as to measure accurately the oceans and inland water bodies elevation. To fulfil these ambitious goals, each satellite carries three instruments: the Ocean and Land Colour Instrument (OLCI), the Sea and Land Surface Temperature Radiometer (SLSTR) and the Synthetic Aperture Radar Altimeter (SRAL). The data recorded by this pair of satellites is free of use and present a great interest to study our Earth surface.

This full day hands-on training session targets a beginner audience. It will focus on the processing of Sentinel-3 OLCI and SLSTR data to monitor an upwelling event in the ocean. The SNAP and Panoply software will be used throughout the workshop.

After an introduction to the S3 mission and associated products, you will manipulate OLCI and SLSTR products to detect and monitor a particular upwelling event. First, you will learn to retrieve manually and automatically S3 products from different data hubs. Then, the course will demonstrate the extensive applications and advantages of combining S3 OLCI data with S3 SLSTR products to study the various manifestations of an upwelling event.


Attendees must be in possession of their own computer with a microphone to follow the online training and will be provided with access to the RUS platform Virtual Machine.

Cost & Participation

Attendance to the training course is free of charge.

Audience & Selection

This training session is designed for a beginner audience, wishing to discover Sentinel-3 data download and processing. Space is limited to 20 participants on a first-come first-served basis.


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Upwelling Event Monitoring with Sentinel-3 Data Using the SNAP Software

Date & training date:

Tuesday 16th of March 2021

10:00 – 17:00 CET


Due to the uncertainties related to the coronavirus situation, this hands-on session will be held fully online.