RUS-Copernicus is providing a full-day hands-on training session about the assessment of wildfire damages using Sentinel-3 and Sentinel-5P.

With a record-breaking heatwave in the Mediterranean basin last summer, the measurements recorded by both satellites were of prime interest to detect and assess the severity of the gigantic wildfires that affected different locations. These events lasted for several days, ravaged hundreds of thousands of hectares of forests and released thick smoke and toxic gases into our atmosphere.

On one side, the SLSTR instrument collected valuable measurements to monitor local surface ground temperatures as well as the extent of burnt areas burned.  On the other, the TROPOMI sensor captured the associated aerosol plumes and carbon monoxide emissions.  Their synergistic use allows assessing the impact of a single event on two separate environments (land surface and atmosphere).

Once introduced the Sentinel-3 mission and the associated SLSTR products, we will process a time series of data to map the evolution of the extent of the burnt areas in Turkey between 28 July and 9 August 2021 using the SNAP software. Then, we will focus on aerosols and carbon monoxide through Sentinel-5P data processed using Python code in the Jupyter Notebook environment, to observe the daily emissions of the Turkish wildfires. The study will end up with the creation of various maps to show simultaneously the atmospheric impacts on top of the land surface degradations caused by the fires.

This session is targeted at an advanced audience familiar with the Sentinel-3 and Sentinel-5P missions and the tools to explore and process the data. Attendance to this remote training session is free but limited to 20 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information and registration, visit our training website.



RUS Training Session – Fire Damage Assessment using Sentinel-3 & Sentinel-5P – 28 Oct. 2021