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25-29 September 2023 Wrocław, Poland

12th Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing

Hydrology and Hazards




The European Space Agency (ESA) is organising an Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing with the focus on Hydrology and Hazards in collaboration with the Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences. This course is dedicated to train the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists and experts, working in the domains of hydrology or related hazards, in using data from Copernicus Sentinels and other satellite missions for science and applications development. The course is part of the EO Science for Society element of ESA’s FutureEO programme.


The Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing – EO for Hydrology and Hazards aims at:

  • Training the next generation of scientists and professionals on remote sensing for hydrology and related hazards
  • Explaining the theoretical principles, processing algorithms and data products from multiple sources including optical, thermal and microwave EO data for hydrology and hazards
  • Introducing tools and methods for the use of EO satellite data, in particular the Sentinels and new SAR missions
  • Stimulating the use of EO in the domains of water cycle science, water management and hazards such as landslides, floods and drought
  • Demonstrating cloud-based, large-scale processing of EO data


The training will include theory and hands-on sessions on the following topics:

  • Introduction to status of relevant missions including Sentinels in operation and under development
  • Introduction to optical and SAR remote sensing for water and hazards
  • Detection of water level changes and embankment safety
  • Estimation of land surface temperature, evapo(transpi)ration and soil moisture
  • Irrigation mapping, detection and quantification
  • Drought monitoring
  • Detection and monitoring of hydrology-related hazards or their risk, including landslides, floods and droughts
  • Measuring and monitoring of inland water quality
  • Multisource data analysis
  • In-situ data collection and preparation
  • Training on the use of SNAP toolbox


The 5-day course will be held from 25 to 29 September 2023 at the Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Poland. Post graduate, PhD students, post-doctoral research scientists and professionals from European countries and Canada interested in the applications of Earth Observation in Water cycle, hydrology and hazards are welcome to apply for the course. Research scientists, students, EO professionals from all other countries are also welcome to apply, subject to availability of space.


  • Create a user account in the ConfTool portal and fill in the online application form CLOSED
  • Enter a title and short poster abstract (mandatory) presenting your current research topic, possibly related to the main theme of the course
  • Upload a reference letter from an academic referee or employer (mandatory)
  • After acceptance to the course, provide the full poster (in pdf format) to be uploaded in the online system. Guidelines for the poster preparation will be sent in due time. Following the evaluation of the posters by the scientific committee, the authors of the highest-ranked posters will have the opportunity to present their work (short presentation) during the event.
Important Notes

  • The application will be considered completed once the poster abstract and reference letter have been submitted
  • Number of participants is limited to a maximum of 50 students and is subject to a selection procedure by the organising committee.
  • Your academic referee will be notified once the application has been submitted
  • Notification of acceptance will be sent by early July 2023
  • No participation fee is foreseen. If allowed to travel, participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses (financial support is not available)
  • The official language of the training course is English.


Please find HERE the training course programme.


The 12th Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing will be held at the Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Poland.

Schedule and Deadlines

Application submission opening6 April 2023
Application submission closureCLOSED 23 June 2023
Notification of acceptance21 July 2023
Training Course25-29 September 2023


The course will be taught by leading European senior scientists and specialists in optical, thermal and microwave remote sensing.

Bernhard Bauer-Marschallinger

TUWien, Austria

Jedrzej Bojanowski

CloudFerro, Poland

Luca Chini

LIST, Luxembourg

Jacopo Dari


Wouter Dorigo

TUWien, Austria

Magdalena Fitrzyk

RSAC c/o ESA, Italy

Radoslaw Guzinski

DHI Group, Denmark

Michal Halicki

University of Wrocław, Poland

Maya Ilieva

UPWr, Poland

Krzysztof Lejcuś

UPWr, Poland

Jean-Philippe Malet


Tomasz Niedzielski

University of Wrocław, Poland

Thierry Oppikofer

Terranum, Switzerland

Kamila Pawluszek-Filipiak

UPWr, Poland

Fabrizio Ramoino

Serco c/o ESA, Italy

Ana B. Ruescas

Brockmann Consult GmbH, Germany & University of Valencia, Spain

Krzysztof Sośnica

UPWr, Poland

Pietro Stradiotti

TUWien, Austria

Espen Volden

ESA, Italy

Organizing Committee

Wiesław Fiałkiewicz


Magdalena Fitrzyk


Grzegorz Jóźków


Kamila Pawłuszek-Filipiak


Irene Renis

Serco c/o ESA

Witold Rohm


Krzysztof Stasch


Espen Volden


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