International Remote Sensing Summer School II edition - 17-21 June 2024, Courmayeur, Aosta Valley, Italy

International Remote Sensing Summer School II edition - 17-21 June 2024, Courmayeur, Aosta Valley, Italy

The Fondazione Montagna sicura (FMS), the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) and the Department of Chemical and Geological Sciences of the University of Cagliari (DSCG-UNICA), jointly with the Italian Association of Remote Sensing (AIT), organise the second edition of the International Remote Sensing Summer School: Experiencing Remote Sensing on Remote and proximal sensing for alpine environment.

The School aims to approach the study of mountains area by using hyper/multi spectral satellite data introducing also ground based instrumentation for monitoring landslides, glaciers and snow.
During the school, through the collection of radiometric, atmospheric and topographic data from direct measures and proximal sensing (field spectral-radiometer, optical, and radar sensors and UAVs), the site will be characterised.

The School is organised in 5 days of activities, starting on Monday 17th June 2024 at 2:00 pm and closing on Friday 21st June at 2:00pm.
The activities are based on the collection of suitable data in the field and its first processing. During each day, in the morning the activities dedicated to the measures with sensors (e.g. on-board of UAVs and field spectral instrumentation) will be carried out, and in the afternoon the students will be guided on the processing of the data collected in the field.
Lectures will complete the hands-on data processing practical exercises.

The School is open to early career scientists or employers, such as Ph.D. students, young post-doctoral scientists, technicians with base knowledge in Earth Sciences and Remote Sensing disciplines, wishing to expand and improve their skills in EO.
Participation is limited to a maximum of 25 students: a selection based on CVs and motivation letters will be applied. Selected students are expected to attend the school equipped with their own Laptop.
Satellite images, instrumentations (e.g. spectral-radiometers, sensors, UAVs, etc) for the in-field activities are provided by the organisation.

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The cost is 750,00 Euro, VAT included, to be paid to AIT by March 30, 2024.
Fees include attendance to all the Summer School activities (Field surveys, lectures, and laboratories), transfers for the planned fieldtrips (Skyway cablecar tickets, Van renting), safety equipment for altitude & Mountain guide (1 day activity at 3500 m asl), and the accommodation at Courmayeur.
Moreover, the fee includes the registration to the AIT for the years 2024 and 2025.
Travel costs from personal residences are not included.

June 17th 2:00pm Meeting at Piazzale Monte Bianco, Courmayeur
Welcome and introduction of the 2°IRSSS activities
-       Geological evolution of the Western Alps
-       Climate data analysis in mountain regions: the fundamental function of Pyramid Laboratory
Planning of the field activities at Val Veny
Welcome Drink 
 June 18th - Topic: Photogrammetric analysis of the Miage Glacier
Excursion to the Miage Glacier in Val Veny, acquisition of optical data from UAV, survey of ephemeral lakes
Lectures and laboratories: Acquired-data processing and application examples.
 June 19th- Topic: Monitoring of landslides and glaciers by proximal RS
Principle of the GBSAR Interferometer and visit to the landslide monitoring system
Excursion to the Planpincieux glacier with visit to the operational monitoring systems,
-       Geophysical surveys on glacier environments
-       LiDAR point clouds processing for glacier cave mapping
-       Glaciers & Students Project, the new Pakistan glaciers inventory
Elements of radiometric data acquisitions and planning of the field activities at Mt Bianco
 June 20th - Topic: Radiometric data acquisition and processing on snow and ice
Meeting at Skyway M. Bianco
-       Pavillon I, lecture: “Safety in mountain environment, Mountains Guides
-       Ascent of Helbronner peak: Radiometric data acquisition by field spectral-radiometer on snow and ice
Lectures and laboratories: Spectral data processing, 
 June 21th
Lectures and laboratories
-       Topographic corrections on high mountain areas,
-       Earth Observation systems and management at the Arpa VDA 
-       Glaciers monitoring systems
1:00pm Closing greetings

The deadline for the submission is February 29, 2024.

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