May and June 2020 / Online
What was planned as a blended training, composed of a two-week online plus a one-week classroom course, had to be moved completely online due to measures related to COVID-19. Twenty-three participants from around the world participated.
The two weeks preparatory phase was composed of self-study material, covering background knowledge about Sentinel-3, the Copernicus programme in general and the software tools used during the hands-on session. In the final week, participants worked on their own mini projects for five days, supervised and supported by the instructors Lauren Biermann and Oliver Clements (EUMETSAT / Plymouth Marine Laboratory). Jupyter Notebooks and SNAP were used in this practical phase. The supervision worked well using video conferencing tools, where small groups of two to five participants met with a supervisor.
The group managed to develop a great team spirit, which helped the collaboration among students, who did a great job in supporting each other.
At the end of the course all participants were able to apply Copernicus Marine data retrieved from Sentinel-3 in their mini projects. The participants presented impressive results.