Improving the return on R&D investments

Boost new business opportunities with Earth Observation Data



This practical training provides attendees the tools for the treatment of satellite images to use in several business applications.


  • Companies, universities, technology centers and other organizations that work with Earth Observation and use information provided by satellites
  • Technical profiles: Systems, electrical, security and defense engineers, agronomist…




This module is adressed to entities, teams and/or people who wish to settle the knowledge about satellite remote sensing, through the different techniques of data acquisition, but emphasising on traditional remote sensing of multispectral images, as is the case of the Sentinel-2 mission of the European Copernicus Program.

Requirements: previous knowledge in mathematics and physics.

1.1 Introduction

  • Definition
  • Historical Review
  • Advantages and Limitations
  • Remote Sensing Process: Problem, data capture
  • Information for decision making
  • Sensor parameters: Spectral, spatial, temporal, radiometric, angular and polarization information
  • Economics of remote sensing for Earth Observation
  • Copernicus Program: Services and Missions
  • Perspectives

1.2 Principles

  • Electromagnetic radiation
  • Electromagnetic spectrum
  • Interaction with the Atmosphere
  • Atmospheric Windows
  • Interaction with the surface of the Earth

1.3 Satellite remote sensing

  • Satellite remote sensing system
  • Components
  • Active and passive remote sensing systems
  • Mission and objectives
  • Platforms
  • Types of instruments
  • Sweep width
  • Resolutions
  • Multispectral systems
  • Remote sensing in the thermal infrared region
  • Microwave remote sensing
  • Passive and active systems
  • Examples
  • Applications

1.4 Satellite data and tools

  • Satellite data
  • Processing levels
  • Formats
  • Catalogs
  • Tools
  • Examples
  • SNAP Software: Context
    Advantages and Limitations
  • Sentinel-2 Toolbox
  • Reading: Import image
  • Structure of the product
  • Metadata
  • Mini-Workshop: "Sentinel-2 Satellite Data Exploration in SNAP"


This module is adressed to entities, teams and / or people who want to focus their work on active remote sensing in the microwave range, and in particular, to know the basics of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) technology, showing examples of products of different operational satellite missions.

Requirements: previous knowledge remote sensing.

2.1 Fundamentals SAR

  • Fundamentals SAR: Optical image vs RADAR image
  • Microwave remote sensing
  • Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)
  • Instrument and Algorithm
  • SAR bands
  • Advantages and Limitations

2.2 Parameters and interaction

  • SAR image
  • Magnitude vs. Phase
  • Radar equation
  • Re-Dispersion Coefficient: Incidence Angle
  • Wavelength
  • Polarization
  • Roughness and Structure
  • Electric Permitivity
  • Interaction Mechanisms
  • Speckle
  • Phase information

2.3 SAR Products

  • Acquisition Geometry
  • Acquisition Modes
  • Processing levels products
  • File Nomenclature
  • Formats
  • Data access
  • Satellite Missions
  • Fields of application

2.4 SAR Data and Tools

  • Products Sentinel-1 (EU), COSMO SkyMed (IT), PAZ (ES), SAOCOM (AR)
  • SNAP Software: Sentinel-1 Toolbox
  • Reading: Import image
  • Product structure
  • Metadata
  • Mini-Workshop: "Data Exploration SAR Sentinel-1 and COSMO SkyMed in SNAP"


This module is adressed to entities, teams and / or people who want to internalize the most important applications of synthetic aperture radar technology, in different fields of development. Processes will be carried out on them, and their impact on a business model will be evaluated.

Requirements: previous knowledge in remote sensing with Synthetic Aperture Radar.

3.1 Applications

  • Applications in topography: Digital models of elevations
  • Applications in geology: Volcanoes, structural guidelines
  • Applications in agriculture: Classification of crops, soil moisture
  • Applications in emergencies and early warning: Landslides, floods, oil spills, earthquakes and earthquakes
  • Applications in works and infrastructures: Road infrastructure monitoring.

3.2 Pre-processing of SAR images

  • Reading a SAR image
  • Analysis
  • Histogram management
  • Application of precise orbits
  • Radiometric correction
  • Calibration
  • Speckle reduction
  • Geometric correction
  • Georeferencing
  • Export to other exchange formats
  • Mini-Workshop: "Pre-processing of SAR Sentinel-1 images in SNAP"

3.3 Innovation and business


Sebastian Balbarani

Sebastián Balbarani | Geospatial Scientist Analyst at SpaceSUR

Land-Surveyor Engineer (National University of Rosario). Doctorate in Engineering (National University of Cuyo). University Teacher since twelve years ago. He was involved in different research groups and projects in Synthetic Aperture Radar Interferometry (CEDIAC-UNCUYO).
He currently combines his work as researcher teacher at the School of Engineering of the UBA with his work as geospatial scientific analyst in the area of geospatial applications of SpaceSUR.

Javier Urien

Javier Urien | Co-founder & CTO at SpaceSUR

Electronic Engineer (University of Buenos Aires). He has more than fifteen years of experience in the aerospace sector. He worked as teacher in different courses within the framework of CONAE / ASI scholarships.

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The training is developed alternating theoretical expositions and practical dynamics in workshop mode. We work with different materials and case studies in fields of application such as agriculture, infrastructure and emergencies, among others.
For practical work SNAP (free software initiative of the European Space Agency, ESA) is used, with constant advice from the teachers in charge.


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