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Short course on remote sensing

10 July 2020 - 00:00


NCR short course on the use of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and Google Eart Engine (GGE) in River Research

NCR organizes a short course on UAV and GGE. This will take place on the 10th of July, at Deltares, Delft. Half a day is dedicated to UAV, and half a day is dedicated to GGE. There is a maximum of 25 participants.

This event has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Important information

Date: July 10, 2020
Time: all day, details t.b.a.
Location: Deltares, Boussinesqweg 1, Delft
Costs: Free, but limited seats!

About the course

Section 1: Google earth engine

Google Earth Engine combines a multi-petabyte catalog of satellite imagery and geospatial datasets with planetary-scale analysis capabilities and makes it available for scientists, researchers, and developers to detect changes, map trends, and quantify differences on the Earth’s surface. In this workshop, you will get a hand-on introduction to work with the Google Earth Engine, how to write and share scripts to do planetary-scale geospatial processing, and how to produce professional-looking maps using QGIS and Google Earth Engine.

This course will provide an introduction to the Google Earth Engine platform (basic to intermediate levels).

This NCR course will be given by dr. Gennadii Donchyts of Deltares.

Section 2: UAVs

UAVs have reached a tipping point in geoscience research such that they are near-ubiquitous and commonly used in data collection. In this way they are opening new ways to study and understand sediments, processes and other river landscape properties at spatial and temporal scales that is close to the scale of the processes that operate. However this implies that non experts are entering the field of photography, image interpretation, photogrammetry and 3D modelling often without a solid grounding in the principles of surveying. This course aims at providing a solid foundation for UAV users in order to avoid simple mistakes that can lead to legal restrictions, UAV loss, operational problems and poor quality data.

We will introduce pre-flight, in-flight, and post-flight procedures that aim at optimizing the collection of high quality imagery for subsequent downstream processing. We will also demonstrate the analyses of data by means of existing state of the art commercial software, such as Pix4D and Metashape for point cloud analysis, and eCognition for object based image analysis. We will also demonstrate the use of open source/open access alternative software like Cloud Compare and Orfeo Toolbox and discuss their potential.

This NCR course will be given by dr. Paolo Paron of IHE-Delft.


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The event has been cancelled. Registration is no longer possible.