Are you interested in mineral and geological mapping?

Are you interested in mining?

Are you interested in monitoring the environment around mining sites?

Are you interested in learning how Earth observation through satellite imaging can help you?

The aims of this four-day course are to uncover the potential of Earth observation and remote sensing as important tools for the raw materials community. It offers a hands-on approach to facilitate the comprehension of difficult concepts. The course provides remote sensing basics for beginners in Earth observation, and potential applications in raw materials exploration, exploitation, processing, recycling and in monitoring and environmental impacts. Also covered are optical passive remote sensing and active remote sensing, with a focus on the freely available spaceborne acquisitions through the Copernicus programme (Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2) and the use of open-source software.

The course is part of the Copernicus RawMatCop project that aims to demonstrate new applications at the intersection between Earth observation data and the raw materials sector. It is funded by European Commission DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), and EIT RawMaterials.

Course Objectives

Participants will:

  • Acquire the basics of Earth Observation and remote sensing technology with an emphasis on the Copernicus programme and its services
  • Learn the use of open-source software for spaceborne image processing
  • Learn to use remote sensing to identify and map areas of interest in a mining environment
  • Learn the basics of remote sensing possibilities for exploration
  • Learn to recognize environmental challenges in the surroundings of mining sites using remote sensing
  • Acquire basic abilities to identify stability challenges in mining surroundings
  • Understand the challenges facing the raw materials value chain (exploration, extraction, processing, recycling, etc.) and how remote sensing can play a role in their future

See the course schedule (updated 7 June 2018)

Target Audience

The target audience for the course is any individual who is involved in the raw materials community. This includes employees of private companies or the public sector, university students and researchers interested in venturing into this field. Those without prior knowledge of Earth observation are welcome to join the course.

Participants should have a good command of English, a background in science or engineering, and proficiency in computer use with basic programming skills.

Practical information

Dates: 11 – 14 June, 2018

Venue: University of Liège

Rue Courtois 1, 4000 Liège, Belgium

Language of instruction: English

Registration is free but booking is essential through our eventbrite page

Travel, accommodation, and other costs are to be covered by the participant.

Computers will be provided for use during the course. The use of external computers is not possible.


For further information, contact the RawMatCop team at info@rawmatcop.training

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