SIOS Terrestrial Remote Sensing Training (TRST) Course in Svalbard

SIOS held an online training course on how to effectively use remote sensing data acquired from satellites, from the air or from the ground, and their associated tools and software in the context of terrestrial research in Svalbard in autumn 2020. Below you will find video recordings of the lectures given during this course.


Monday, 31 August 2020

09:45 - 10:45 AM - Lecture 1: Terrestrial Photography I (Dr. Roberto Salzano) - Video

02:15 - 03:15 PM - Lecture 2: Terrestrial Photography II (Dr. Roberto Salzano) - Video

Tuesday, 01 September 2020

09:00 - 11:30 AM - Lecture 3 & 4: Close range photogrammetry I & 2 (Dr. Luc Girod) - Video

03:00 - 04:00 PM - Lecture 5: Europe’s Eyes on Svalbard through the Copernicus Programme (Dr. Conrad Bielski) - Video

Wednesday, 02 September 2020

09:00 - 11:30 AM - Lecture 6 & 7: Drones and their applications in Svalbard I & II (Dr. Richard Hann) - Video

Thursday, 03 September 2020

09:00 AM - 01:00 PM - Lectures 8-11:  Terrestrial vegetation applications (Dr. Hans Tømmervik) - Video

Friday, 04 September 2020

09:00 - 11:30 AM - Lecture 12 &13: Satellite radar interferometry (InSAR) I & II (Dr. Tom Rune Lauknes) - Video

02:30 - 03:30 PM - Lecture 14: Measuring the surface temperatures of the earth from space (Dr. Darren Ghent) - Video


For more information, please contact Shridhar Jawak (


Image captured by Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s Terra satellite on July 12, 2003. NASA image courtesy GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and the U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team.

Goal of the training

The goal of the course is to teach participants the basic skills needed to work independently to acquire, analyse and visualize terrestrial data sets derived from a variety of close to very long-range sources.


Many field scientists, from SIOS member institutions, have been working on research projects which would greatly benefit from the addition of a richer set of remote sensing viewpoints. However, they may lack the necessary training required to make easy but effective use of freely available data sets, tools, and software, as well as to plan and execute research-grade field remote sensing acquisitions. Ph.D. students from SIOS member institutions who are about to begin careers using remote sensing as an integral part of their research projects can also benefit from this training course.

Topics covered during the training

The training course will include lectures and hands-on sessions focusing on:

  • Overview of the range of methods included in the term remote sensing
    • Different sensor types (optical, multispectral, thermal, RADAR, LiDAR, etc.)
    • Different platform types including handheld/ground (e.g. time-lapse camera, airborne (drone, planes), and satellites
  • Overview of available free open-source satellite data (Copernicus satellite and other) and tools that can be used for remote sensing in terrestrial environments of Svalbard
  • Examples of applications on glaciers, permafrost processes, snow modelling, terrestrial biology, wildlife monitoring, and more.

Teachers and speakers

  • Hans Tømmervik, NINA
  • Roberto Salzano, CNR
  • Lars Eklundh, Lund University
  • Luc Girod, University of Oslo
  • Richard Hann, UNIS/NTNU
  • Tom Rune Lauknes, NORCE
  • Darren Ghent, University of Leicester
  • Conrad Bielski, Eoxplore
  • Rasmus Erlandsson, NINA
  • Dariusz Ignatiuk, SIOS-KC
  • Shridhar Jawak, SIOS-KC

Target audience

Anyone from terrestrial field scientists, Ph.D. students, researchers and technicians with limited or incomplete knowledge of remote sensing techniques.