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Summer Course



Remote sensing techniques are applicable for the monitoring of extreme events, such as droughts and floods, contributing to the monitoring and prediction of water-related disasters and hydrological changes. Based on theory and practice, the objective of the course is to present the main advances in the area using case studies through training in the handling of open source software and other web-based tools and methods to support watershed management. The didactic content will be divided into modules, with the remote sensing relation approach with themes such as precipitation estimates, evapotranspiration and monitoring of phenomena such as floods and droughts.



Date: From November 29th to December 6th, 2017

Place: Itaipu Technological Park (PTI), Foz do Iguaçu (PR).

The course is aimed at professionals, water managers and technicians of government institutions and agencies throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.



The training is promoted by the Itaipu Technological Park - through the International Hydroinformatics Center (CIH) - in partnership with the Unesco's International Hydrological Program (IHP-Unesco), Flanders Unesco Science Trust Fund and NASA-ARSET (Applied Remote Sensing Training).



During the course the following contents will be discussed:

- Introduction to Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)

- Data portal and access to SAR data files

- SAR image processing

- Case study: generating terrestrial coverage classification by merging data from Sentinel-1 and Landsat

- Introduction to interferometric SAR (INSAR) and polarimetric (POLSAR)

- Case study: determining surface deformation with INSAR and differences in vegetation cover using polarimetric radar

- General summary of SMAP soil moisture, GPM precipitation and evapotranspiration

- Access to SMAP soil moisture data, GPM precipitation and evapotranspiration

- Technical visit to the True São Francisco River Watershed

- Exchange of experiences



The materials used during the training are available at this link: 


A limited number of grants are available for this training. Three types of scholarships will be made available:


1.    Full scholarship: covering flight, accommodation (shared double/triple room), meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and local expenses (transport and coffee breaks).


2.    Reduced scholarship: covering accommodation (shared double/triple room), meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and local expenses (transport and coffee breaks). This scholarship does not include the flight.


3.    No scholarship: covering local expenses (transport and coffee breaks).


Due to limited availability of financial resources, applicants and their nominating organizations are strongly encouraged to find additional sources of sponsorship to allow them to attend the workshop.




The course can accept up to 50 participants from Latin America and the Caribbean. As a requirement of participation in the course, the candidate must:


1)    Read the material of the NASA SAR Webinar offered by NASA ARSET (the link will be announced soon)


2)    Present the research project summary that relates to the summer course theme (watershed management, floods, droughts risk analysis using remote sensing)


3)    bring a personal computer configured with the recommended software (organizing committee will inform the technical specifications later)


The selection process of the candidates will done by the organizing committee and will ensure an equitable distribution among the Latin America and Caribbean countries and professionals involved in the theme.


Interested participants can apply through the following link


Important Dates:


16 August: Launch of the Call for participants

15 September: Close of the call for participants

13 October: Communication of selected participants    



Jéssica N. Marques - Centro Internacional de Hidroinformática, do PTI

55 45 3576-7010  |  55 45 99133-5722  |


Ana I. Prados - NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training, ARSET

703-338-2119 (cell)  |  Skype: anaprados1  |


Koen Verbist - International Hydrological Programme, Unesco



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