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5th Joint Workshop
“Urban Remote Sensing – Challenges & Solutions”
September 24-26, 2018 in Bochum, Germany Department of Geography Ruhr-University of Bochum

RUS Training Course (ESA)

EARSel – RUS Training Course | Sentinel data use for urban mapping and monitoring

This two day hands-on training course is organized by RUS Copernicus as a part of EARsel 5th Joint Workshop “Urban Remote Sensing – Challenges & Solutions” taking place in Bochum, Germany. The course is free of charge for participants of the Joint Workshop (max. 22 participants).

You can apply for the course at https://rus-training.eu/training/sentinel-data-use-for-urban-mapping-and-monitoring.


The main goal of this training session is to create theoretical and practical competences on the use of Sentinel data for urban mapping and monitoring. We will be looking at topics such as urban extent, urban sprawl based on multi-temporal and multi-sensor analysis and urban land subsidence using SAR Interferometry (InSAR).

Preliminary Programme

The course includes lectures on the theory of satellite image processing and classification as well as hands-on exercises.

Day 1 (Wednesday, 26 September 2018)


Theoretical background, principles and methods urban monitoring and mapping; the topics will include urbanization and climate change, urban extent, urban sprawl, city greenness and perviousness index among others.


Practical exercises on the topics presented during the theory session using Copernicus Sentinel data and the RUS Virtual Machines.

Day 2 (Thursday, 27 September 2018)

Hands-on exercises on mapping urban extent using Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 data – comparison of different approaches


Hands-on exercise on assessing and monitoring urban sprawl using Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 data


Hands-on exercise on urban land subsidence using Sentinel-1 SAR interferometry and the RUS Virtual Machines.


Attendees will be required to bring their own laptop and will be provided with access to the RUS Copernicus Virtual Machine.

Audience & selection

  • Participants will be selected to attend on the basis of the questionnaire filled in at application
  • confirmation e-mails to selected attendees will be sent by the end of July 2018

Application opening – closing

Tuesday 19th of June 2018 – Monday 23rd of July 2018