“Train the Trainer” Workshop on Utilizing Remote Sensing Products


“Train the Trainer” Workshop on Utilizing Remote Sensing Products

The International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment has become one of the main forums for programmatic discussions on remote sensing components of the ‘Global Earth Observation system of Systems- GEOSS”, currently being implemented through the Group on Earth Observation GEO, which (at the time of preparation) is composed of 80 member countries, 58 participating organizations and 5 observers. The Symposia series is guided by the international committee (ICRSE) comprising experts in the field of remote sensing who represent most of the world’s national space agencies. The 34th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment will be held in Sydney, Australia 10th – 15th April 2011.

A series of workshops will be held in association with the ISRSE. Educators interested in introducing remote sensing in their Science or Mathematics classes should consider the “Train the Trainer” Workshop on Utilizing Remote Sensing Products. This workshop will be held 1:30 - 5:00pm on Sunday 10th April in Building 5 of the University of Technology, Sydney. The Workshop costs $90 per person including afternoon tea. Visit http://isrse34.org/workshop.asp for more information and to register.

Part 1: Workshop Introduction: 13:30 – 13:40

Lawrence Friedl, Head (Acting), NASA Applied Sciences Program, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC
Dr. Shahid Habib, Chief, Office of Applied Sciences, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

Part 2: From Photons to Products: 13:45 – 14:30

To provide context for the remote sensing analysis examples that follow, we will present an overview of the data pathway involved in converting satellite instrument measurements to data products. Using the MODIS imager as an example, we will discuss the meaning of a ”pixel”, ground systems, direct broadcast, and data format and archiving.

Instructor: Dr. Steven Platnick, NASA Earth Observing System Senior Project Scientist

Part 3: Exploring Satellite Information with HYDRA: 14:35 - 15:20

Participants will be supplied with a java based tool that enables easy data exploration of various NASA satellites (e.g. MODIS, AIR, CALIOP, and CloudSat) along with some meteorological data sets. The software, referred to as Hydra, is freely available at http://www.ssec.wisc.edu/hydra/ After a brief introduction to the tool, participants will use Hydra to explore a particular MODIS scene over Australia.

Instructor: Dr. Steven A. Ackerman, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and Director, Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies, University of Wisconsin, USA

Part 4: Example Data Analysis from NASA’s Applied Remote Sensing Education and Training (ARSET)  Program: 15:25 -16:10

This portion of the workshop will incorporate lessons-learned from four years of international professional education and outreach. Richard Kleidman will give an overview of NASA’s Applied Remote Sensing Education and Training (ARSET) program and walk participants through several examples from their hands-on approach. ARSET workshops focus on atmospheric remote sensing products and air quality applications. Attendees consistently give ARSET workshops excellent reviews.

Instructor: Richard Kleidman, NASA ARDSET Program (http://arset.gsfc.nasa.gov)

Part 5: DATA Acquisition and Image Processing: 16:15 – 17:00

NASA’s Earth remote sensing data are a powerful tool for monitoring the environment, but they are often difficult to obtain and use. Our session will provide an overview of the available types of data, a demonstration of how to browse and order data, and examples of the software tools used to analyze and visualize the data. Specifically, we will discuss Landsat and MODIS natural and false color data.  MODIS data products (vegetation, sea surface temperatures, cloud properties, etc.), sea ice products, Global Precipitation Analysis data, and SRTM elevation data. These are hosted by data distribution sites such as the Land Processes DAAC, Warehouse Inventory Search Tool (WIST), Global Land Cover Facility, and Level 1 and Atmosphere Archive and Distribution System (LAADS). We will show introductory tools like Panoply and Photoshop, which are usable by novices, along with IDL and other flexible tools for experts.

Instructors: Rob Simmons, NASA Earth Observatory (http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov), Marit Jentoft –Nilsen, NASA Science Outreach Support Office, Earth Observing System Project Science Office (http:/eospso.gsfc.nasa.gov/index.php)