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Using Earth Observation for Water Quality Monitoring: Workshop and training course 13 – 14 October

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Products derived from Copernicus satellite data have many applications for monitoring water quality in freshwater, estuarine and marine environments. Examples include seabed mapping, predicting species distribution, detecting eutrophication and toxic algal blooms, tracking oil spills, quantifying plastic pollution and helping to predict responses to climate change.  

We are running an online workshop on the 13 and 14 October to raise awareness of these products and how they may be accessed and used.  Keynote speakers Professor Christine Maggs (JNCC) and Dr Carsten Brockmann (Brockmann Consult) will introduce the environmental and policy context for water quality monitoring and outline the technology and products available.  There will be presentations covering a range of marine and freshwater applications, and a forward look at future developments.  The workshop will conclude with a discussion about research and development priorities to meet policy requirements.  

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Book to attend the workshop

In conjunction with the workshop, Plymouth Marine Laboratory are running a short online course on how to select, access and process marine Earth observation data made freely available under the Copernicus programme.  The course lasts around 3.5 hours and will be delivered in the morning of 13 and/or 14 October (subject to demand the same course may be run on both days for a different group of people each time). Attendance is free but places are limited and must be booked separately to the workshop, so please register your interest if you would like to apply for a place.

Training course

Attendees will learn where marine data and products can be found across the Copernicus landscape, and how to design workflows tailored to match applications to the most appropriate marine EO data and/or products.  The tutors will demonstrate how to access optical datasets and images from the NERC Earth Observation Data Acquisition and Analysis Service (NEODAAS), European Space Agency (ESA), European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) and the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS). 

Using the WeKEO DIAS hosted processing system, Sentinel Application Platform (SNAP) software and Jupyter Notebooks, attendees will learn about a variety of data processing methods, including those routinely used by NEODAAS at PML.  It would be beneficial for participants to have some introductory experience of using a scripting language such as Python, but this is not a prerequisite.

About the Tutors

Lauren Biermann is a marine remote sensing scientist with a background in biological oceanography, biogeochemistry, and optics. Previously, she worked as the senior earth observation scientist for the UK government marine agency Cefas, and was marine lead on the Defra EO Centre of Excellence. Since joining Plymouth Marine Laboratory in 2018, she has split her time between detecting marine macroplastics using optical data collected by the European Space Agency Sentinel-2 satellites, and running Sentinel-3 Ocean Applications training workshops on behalf of EUMETSAT.

Oliver Clements is a lead programmer at PML Applications who has been working in the remote sensing field for around 10 years. Throughout that time, he has focused on improving access to remote sensed satellite data for specialists and non-specialists alike. This has primarily taken the form of producing web-based visualisation tools and data services. More recently he has taken a role teaching the use of Sentinel-3 data through Python as part of the EUMETSAT/COPERNICUS marine data stream training project.


This event is funded by the Caroline Herschel Framework Partnership Agreement on Copernicus User Uptake.  We are grateful to Plymouth Marine LaboratoryCentre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture ScienceUniversity of Stirling and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency for providing expert input to ensure that the workshop will meet user needs and cover a wide range of interests.






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