Bright Side of Remote Sensing 2016

25 October 2016

25 October 2016

Rue Royale 250
1210 Bruxelles

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“The Bright Side of Remote Sensing” is a workshop on Sentinel-2 and 3 organised by the Belgian Science Policy office (BELSPO), in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), which took place on October 25th in the Hotel Bloom! Brussels.

Undoubtedly you have heard about the Copernicus programme and the Sentinel missions. Copernicus is Europe’s flagship Earth observation programme. It aims to provide accurate, timely and easily accessible information to improve the management of the environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change and ensure civil security. The Sentinel family of satellites is being developed by ESA to meet the operational needs of the programme.

Most likely, though, you still have a lot of questions: Where can I get the Sentinel data? What skill level is needed to use them? How good are they really? Who uses them and to what end? , …

We try to facilitate your way through the world of the Sentinels. That’s why last year, you were invited to attend “The Dark Side of Remote Sensing”, a workshop featuring ESA's Sentinel-1 radar mission.

This year “The Bright Side of Remote Sensing” workshop focused on the mostly optical Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3 missions. The work-shop’s morning session dealt with the missions and data access, while the afternoon session was dedicated to potential applications and uses. Live demonstrations of the Sentinel Data Hub were given during the breaks.


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Registration and welcome coffee
Morning session: missions and data access
The Copernicus programme and its full, free and open data and information policy

Catharina Bamps, European Commission

The Sentinel-2 mission status and contributing mission datasets relevant to Belgian users

Bianca Hoersch, European Space Agency

The Sentinel-3 mission status

Susanne Mecklenburg, European Space Agency

Data access to Sentinels and contributing missions

Veronique Amans, European Space Agency

Morning session: data continuity
Challenges for monitoring the continental ecosystems in the Copernicus Global Land Service, from SPOT/VGT to the Sentinels?

Roselyne Lacaze, Hygeos

Lunch + live demonstration data access
Afternoon session : applications
Integration of Sentinel-3 data in the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service

Antonio Reppucci, Mercator Ocean

Coastal applications of Sentinel-2 and 3

Héloïse Lavigne, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

The use of Sentinel-2 images for potato crop monitoring in Belgium: the iPot story

Jean-Pierre Goffart, Centre Wallon de Recherches Agronomiques & Isabelle Picard, Vlaamse Instelling Voor Technologisch Onderzoek

Use of Sentinel-2 for agricultural operational applications at farm level - Talking Fields

Heike Bach, Vista Remote Sensing in Geosciences

Use of Copernicus land monitoring service to support environmental policies in Europe

Chris Steenmans, European Environment Agency

Coffee break
Sentinel-2 for agriculture and land surface monitoring from field level to national scale : the on-going BELCAM, Sen2-Agri and LifeWatch experiences

Cindy Delloye, Earth and Life Institute - UCLouvain-Geomatics

Spatio-temporal monitoring of deforestation using satellite image time series

Jan Verbesselt, Wageningen University & Research

Big data to support European policy, a use case on Sentinel-2 for forestry

Pieter Kempeneers, Joint Research Centre

The game changer for biodiversity? Mapping and monitoring invasive plants, floristic gradients and ecosystem properties using Sentinel-2

Ruben Van de Kerchove, Vlaamse Instelling Voor Technologisch Onderzoek

Monitoring Urban Areas with Sentinel-2A Data

Antoine Lefebvre, Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales

End of session


Rue Royale 250 - 1210 Bruxelles - Belgium

How to get here?

by tram/bus:

1 min walk from Gillon tram stop (92, 93)
3 min walk from Botanique tram stop (92, 93)
5 min walk from Quetelet bus stop (61, 65, 66)

by train:

8 min walk from Brussels Congress station
10 min walk from Brussels North station
by metro:

3 min walk from Botanique station (line 2 or 6)