Staff of SERVIR Eastern and Southern Africa (SERVIR E&SA) are conducting a one-week training on Sentinel Data Processing and Analysis in Kampala, Uganda. The one-week course was identified after a needs assessment conducted in May 2016 in Uganda. The stakeholders expressed interest in using free and open data from Sentinel in order to improve the current land cover maps in Uganda. Sentinel program is a joint effort of European Space Agency and European Commission to replace and continue existing older earth observation missions ensuring no data gaps on global monitoring of environment and security.
This training aims to guide stakeholders from the SERVIR E&SA region in Sentinel satellites data analysis for various applications. In addition, this training will provide knowledge on theories of microwave radar and optical remote sensing data analysis and hands‐on practice in Sentinel data analysis tools and techniques focusing on crop area mapping and growth monitoring, land use and land cover mapping, and vegetation mapping.
There are 20 participants drawn from Busitema University, Makerere University, Food and Agricultural Organization-Uganda office, Uganda Wildlife Authority, Climate Change Department (CCD), Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda National Meteorological Authority and REDD+. This training started on Monday June 12 and ends on Friday June 16, 2017.
Sentinel has a series of missions where Sentinel‐1 and Sentinel‐2 missions launched in 2014 and 2015 respectively, focus on various applications of land monitoring. The satellites in Sentinel mission acquire data in Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) mode while in Sentinel‐2 mission acquire in Multispectral mode.
The earth observation data in both modes provide different information
complementing each other, for instance, SAR is less sensitive to weather conditions, so it substitutes to multispectral data in cloud prone areas. Sentinel data are valuable resources for land monitoring and have proven applications for hydrology, vegetation, crop, and natural disasters.
All data acquired by Sentinel program are available at free of cost and have great potentials to land cover mapping and environment monitoring in Eastern and Southern Africa region. The training on Sentinel data analysis tools and techniques will certainly advance the capability of the professionals in the RCMRD and its partners in the region.
Content for this article provided by Kenneth Mubea (PhD). Capacity Development Lead at RCMRD/SERVIR E&SA