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Want to learn more about satellite imagery?

Welcome to our Education page

Here you can find tutorials, user guides and examples of how you can use satellite imagery to analyze various phenomena and events around the globe. With these resources we want to help you get familiar with satellite imagery and show you how to use some of the freely available tools for your analysis.

On October 4, a freely available beginner remote sensing course from ESA EO College begins! It’s a great opportunity to get started with remote sensing and learn the basics. Enroll and find more about it here.

We’re still learning about satellite imagery ourselves, and whenever we come across useful materials, we’ll include the link to them here. If you know of a good resource that should be added to the list, please let us know!

Be curious, explore further, and you will begin to see our planet in a different light. Satellite images will help you gain new insights about the Earth. Or you will just be impressed by its beauty … we can promise that.

Tutorials

Custom Scripts

Create Beautiful Satellite Images

Use custom scripts to create useful and beautiful satellite visualizations in EO Browser. Visit our friendly tutorial for complete beginners and learn how to create custom color composites, implement remote sensing indices and use custom color scales to display the phenomena of your interest in an informative and appealing way.

Time-Lapses

Learn how to create beautiful animations of our Planet

Have you ever wanted to make a cool time-lapse of a certain location, but there were clouds in a way? Or the area was too large to process at once? Read our guide for creating animations from different data collections obtained via Sentinel Hub services and follow along with the provided Jupyter Notebook.

Index Tool

A guide to create and visualize satellite indices

The Index tool has a user friendly interface for creating and visualizing satellite indices by dragging and dropping bands into the equation and setting up custom visualizations with just a couple of clicks. This guide will show you how to use the feature, which options you have available and how to fine-tune your visualization.

Use cases

Air Pollution

Measuring Air Pollution from Space

Air pollution is a serious problem worldwide - especially in large urban areas. According to the WHO (World Health Organization), some 4.2 million premature deaths each year are linked to air pollution. According to data the European Environment Agency published, around 90% of city dwellers in Europe are subjected to air pollutants at levels deemed harmful.

Etna Eruption

Volcano from Space

In early spring of 2017, the biggest Sicilian volcano - Etna - awakened and erupted several times. Let’s observe the event using satellite imagery. Can we find satellite images of any previous Etna eruptions?

Wildfires

Wildfires from Satellite Images

In recent years, we hear a lot of news about wildfires occurring in areas, where they did not occur often in the past. In spring and summer of 2018, we have witnessed the boreal forests in Siberia burning at extraordinary rates; last summer the wildfires suddenly erupted in Portugal; in September of 2017, California was in flames, with firefighters fighting more than 9000 fires and in the beginning months of 2020, wildfires in Australia have destroyed thousands of homes and more than 5 million hectares of land. We can observe them with satellite imagery.

User Guides

Third Party Data Import

Search, Order and Visualize Commercial Data with Sentinel Hub

Sentinel Hub supports third party commercial PlanetScope, Airbus Pleiades, Airbus Spot and Maxar WorldView data. They offer global daily data in high spatial resolution of 0.5 meters (Pleiades and WorldView), 1.5 meters (SPOT) and 3 meters (PlanetScope). For individual orders, it is easy to search, order and visualize commercial data directly in EO Browser. For integration with your application, see our Commercial data webinar, covering how to use the API to order and visualize commercial data, generate time-series, view statistical information, integrate it with QGIS and get commercial data sponsored. See also our step by step PDF tutorial, which covers both approaches.

CARD4L Tool

CARD4L Compliant Sentinel-1 Data

You can now work with CARD4L compliantSentinel-1 data! CARD4L satellite data has been processed to a minimum set of requirements that allows immediate analysis with minimum user effort. Sentinel Hub provides full archive of global Sentinel-1 data, processed based on a CARD4L NRB (Normalised Radar Backscatter) requirement, greatly reducing the complexity of SAR data. A CARD4L tool has been developed, to help you request this data using a user friendly interface, and we have prepared a user guide, to show you how to work with the tool and how to request and download data step by step.

Courses and Webinars

Sentinel Hub Webinars

Watch our webinars to learn more about different topics related to Sentinel Hub!

We are happy to present our Sentinel Hub Webinars channel, hoping it becomes a more regular source of useful information for the remote sensing and Earth observation community. For more information please see also our dedicated page, where you will find out more about the coming events and how to register for the next one.

EO Methods and Data

Short course about Earth Observation methods and data with Sentinel Hub

If you’re a beginner in remote sensing or just starting out with Sentinel Hub, check out our short video course on remote sensing essentials with a comprehensive overview of common use cases and tools. This is a great introduction to what you can do with Sentinel Hub, touching on scripting, EO Browser, API, and even machine learning!

Remote Sensing Basics

Get started with remote sensing with this introductory course!

This free online course from ESA EO College covers a variety of theoretical basics on remote sensing. You will learn how the Earth absorbs and reflects light, how the atmosphere affects imagery, all about resolution, how to processs data to make a classification or a time-lapse, and much more. You will be working on a flood mapping example, and upon completion, you will be awarded a certificate. The course begins on October 4, 2021.

Satellite Landscape

The following page is an exploratory overview of the current and upcoming sources of data, processing pipelines, and data products. It is aimed at helping non-experts explore and harness the unfolding revolution of Earth observation, with an emphasis on understanding the current capabilities and project development considerations.

Remote Sensing in Schools

Materials about the Remote Sensing basics, prepared by the University of Bonn.

Seeing Earth from Outer Space

General introduction to remote sensing with a short history. The page also contains amazing interactive visual material.

Remote Sensing Indices

A repository, that contains a collection of custom scripts for Sentinel Hub, which can be fed to the services via the URL or input directly into the custom scripting window.

ESA's Classroom Resources

The page crated under The Climate Detectives project includes inspirational resources for teachers to engage students to learn about Earth’s climate and how to monitor our planet from space. It is a great starting point for everyone entering the remote sensing field.

RUS (Research and User Support for Sentinel Core products)

A collection of on-line courses covering various topics that can be explored using satellite data. E-learning courses are good to study the remote sensing theory and the webinars will guide you step-by-step through the processing of satellite data in SNAP.

Teachers' tutorials

Born of Galileo (Danish)
Various exercises for students, in Danish language.

Remote Sensing in the Classroom - Getting Started Guide

A blog post by Pierre Markuse, that provides a quick introduction into remote sensing for teachers who would like to use satellite images in class.

Pin Repository

Explore interesting locations around the world by visiting our expanding pin library, contribute to it by adding your own exciting pins and descriptions, and share your collections with others.

Edusat - Explore and understand natural phenomena through satellite images

A website aimed at teachers, researchers and the general public developed by SIGTE of the University of Girona, Spain, to facilitate the discovery of satellite images and to explore the Earth’s surface. Analyse phenomena such as forest fires, floods, the melting of glaciers and other socio-ecological problems.

Contribute

Everyone can contribute to raising awareness about remote sensing. You can do it in several ways:

Esa
Copernicus
Sentinel Hub