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Events - 27/06/2017

Milano Training school (Newsletter)

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TRuStEE, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks Action funded by European Union’s HORIZON-2020 program, successfully organized its first training school at the campus of University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy. The aim of the TRuStEE is to train a new generation of scientists with complementary and interdisciplinary skills in remote sensing of vegetation, and to improve the overall knowledge on this field.

During two weeks of this training, ten early stage researchers (ESRs) from highly diverse background and from all around the world (Italy, Switzerland, Greece, India, Spain, Colombia and Russia) were educated on the basics of remote sensing, ecosystem modelling and processing of remote sensing data.

The First week training activities were mainly theory based lectures such as Basics on Remote Sensing, by Micol Rossini (UNIMIB); An introduction to Earth Observations and Campaigns, by Dirk Schüttemeyer (ESA); Modelling approaches by Christiaan van der Tol (ITC); Global Carbon Cycle, by Mirco Migliavacca (Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, MPIB); Introduction to Time Series Analysis in the context of Earth Observations, by Sebastian Sippel (MPIB) and Vegetation Models, by Silvia Caldararu (MPIB).

Dirk Schuettemeye, from ESA, showing the ESRs the actual amount of ESA’s satelitte missions around the Earth

During the second week, the ESRs were exposed to hands on practice for image processing by CS company representatives, provided an opportunity to work with Sentinel-2 images and learnt how to use SNAP, an image processing tool. Two of the ESRs, Dominic Fawcett and Javier Blanco Sacristán, presented a seminar on Google Earth Engine during a practical session and provided a brief overview of time series analysis using Google Earth Engine.

Scheme showing the SNAP and Sentinel toolboxes configurations. These toolboxes can be used by users for free to process Sentinel imagery. During the CS course, the ESRs had the chance to learn how to use them.

The ESRs also had the opportunity to learn more about the intricate structure and the management of the project and the potential collaborations between each other in a lecture given by Cinzia Panigada and Tommaso Julitta (UNIMIB), both in charge of the administration of the TRuStEE project. The training event was coordinated by Micol Rossini with the support of Cinzia Panigada and Tommaso Julitta from the University of Milano Bicocca, giving best opportunities for the ESRs to learn and share their experiences with each other and come up with new ideas to use the potential that remote sensing has for environmental sciences.

In the series of TRuStEE events, the next training will be held in the University of Exeter, during the 30. October to 2. November 2017. On this occasion, the ESRs will have the opportunity to learn about UAV-based techniques, learning from the experienced DroneLab group, headed by Dr. Karen Anderson. Stay tuned!

 


“We have distinct backgrounds but in collaborating we are stubborn enough

to elicit secrets from nature” –  ESRs


If you want to learn more about the ESRs and their personal projects, visit: http://www.trusteenetwork.eu/esr-projects

In the series of the TRuStEE training, next training will be held at the University of Exeter, during the 30 October to 2 November this same year. On this occasion, the ESRs will have the opportunity to learn about UAV-based techniques, learning from the experienced DroneLab group, headed by Dr. Karen Anderson. Stay tuned!

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