Venue: the TAT 2016 training “Multi-sensor Approaches in Monitoring Ecosystem Dynamics” will be held in Zvolen, Slovakia, from 23 to 27 July 2016.

Training location: National Forest Centre and Technical University in Zvolen, Slovakia

Goals and objectives

The main objective of the Trans-Atlantic Training (TAT) initiative is training activities for students and the early-career scientists in the area of Earth Observation, with an emphasis on on remote sensing of land-cover changes and ecosystem dynamics. The purpose of TAT is to share and discuss advanced research methods and technologies from space during a series of meetings for scientists and students from both Europe and the USA.

The topic of TAT 2016 (TAT-4) is “Multi-sensor Approaches in Monitoring Ecosystem Dynamics”. Lectures and training activities will be focused on the evaluation of impacts of land use/land cover change on ecosystems (e.g. forest disturbances, agricultural land changes and abandonment) by using different types of sensors. The first part of TAT-4 shall be thematically focused on the new trends in optical remote sensing technics, with emphasis on Landsat-8 and Sentinel-2 missions. The second part shall deal with SAR data – Sentinel-1 mission. Applications of SAR data in the ecosystems dynamics and biomass estimation will be presented during theoretical and practical sessions. Lidar data for the mapping of forest vegetation shall constitute an important part of the training.

In-situ data collection using modern tools (e.g. high-quality GPS receiver, field spectroradiometer) shall be demonstrated during the one-day field part of TAT-4.

The state-of-the-art advanced methods of Earth observation shall be presented and discussed by leading experts from Europe and USA. Technologies, tutorials and data from ESA and NASA missions shall be presented and practically exercised within hands-on trainings.

  • Early-career scientists (5 years after Ph.D.), Ph.D. students and other students with advanced skills and research experiences in remote sensing are invited to attend the TAT-4 training course.
  • No participation fee will be charged for the training. Participants are expected to cover their own accommodation and travel costs.
  • The number of participants of the training is limited.
  • The official language of the course is English.
  • The deadline for application: 29th of May 2016.
  • Successful applicants will be informed via e-mail by the 31st of May 2016

TAT-4 is organized in close cooperation with the South Central European Regional Information Network (SCERIN). This research and capacity building initiative is focused on the current LCLUC challenges in the SCERIN regions, emphasizing their significance and impacts on ecological processes and ecosystem function (