Capacity Building


Today there is a gap between Earth Observation (EO) technology and its use. Therefore, there is a need to promote the benefits that can derived from EO and increase the awareness of the users community. The primary goal is therefore to inform and educate users (from institutional to technical level) into the benefits of EO services: the only way, in our opinion, to make this technology understandable and usable.


Training courses are provided at three levels: Basic, Advanced, and Shoulder-to-Shoulder.

  • The Basic course introduces the beginner into the SAR basic theory and how to process SAR data in a correct and effective way. Usually, this type of course, is carried out in group with a maximum of 10 participants.
  • The most recent developments with respect to theory and applications are presented, discussed, and evaluated based on practical examples in the Advanced course. Usually, this type of course, is carried out in group with a maximum of 5 participants.
  • The Shoulder-to-Shoulder course is a customized training for companies and institutes with special research and project objectives. Usually, this type of course, is carried out for single persons or for a maximum of 2 participants.

Workshops are usually centred on the comparative advantage and specific constraints governing the use of EO techniques during the different phases of the project cycle, including identification, preparation, appraisal, implementation, and evaluation of project impacts. They are particularly focussed on the following five aspects:

  • Technical principles, capability and costs of spaceborne EO applications for land and resource survey, notably for land cover inventories, land cover change assessment, crop mapping, agricultural statistics, irrigation management and monitoring, forestry, land degradation assessment, topography and environmental protection, disaster management.
  • Background information on applications with special emphasis to the new capabilities.
  • Overview of the potential advantages of using SAR data for specific applications such as the generation of digital elevation models, crop mapping and monitoring, land cover changes, forest fires impact assessment and burnt areas mapping, landslide and subsidence monitoring.
  • Economical and technical advantages of the synergetic use of EO data especially in those application where the availability of a comparable archive data set plays a crucial role (for instance land degradation/recovery).
  • Presentation of SARscape and customized solutions. Each case study contains information about the context, methodology, outputs, costs and delivery times for the information generated and the potential for wider application of the specific EO technique that is applied.