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THEIA data hub workshop on remote sensing and surface water quality

  • Montpellier, Hérault (34)

The THEIA data and services hub is organizing a workshop on 12 October in Montpellier to explore operational remote-sensing solutions for monitoring surface waters.

The health of water in lakes, rivers and estuaries is important to a broad spectrum of stakeholders. In response to the stakes involved, numerous space missions today are acquiring multi-date observations through a range of optical, radar and lidar sensors at multiple spatial resolutions.

This workshop offers the opportunity to highlight work conducted by scientific expertise centres (CES) developing surface water colour products and a chance for the research and user community to discuss what they’re doing.

There will be a large number of presentations on products derived from Copernicus data. The workshop is part of the Framework Programme Agreement on Copernicus User Uptake (FPCUP) dedicated to promoting data from the Sentinel satellites.

Workshop goals

The workshop’s four main goals are to:

  1. Chart advances made by research into land surface colour and temperature (minimum theoretical knowledge required) and detail future space missions
  2. Present operational products and their applications in real-world projects
  3. Detail data distribution and access platforms (HydroWeb-NG, dataECLA)
  4. Discuss public and private end-user needs


The presentations aim to set out a state of the art of remote-sensing applications for monitoring surface waters as well as estuaries and interfacing coastal zones.

Each presentation will be followed by a debate with the audience. Users will have the chance to talk to the people producing data about how to get the most out of their remote-sensing products. Likewise, the presenters at the workshop also hope to learn more about stakeholders’ needs to inform future developments.