Copernicus Hackathon challenges​

On this page you can find a list of challenges we will undertake during Copernicus Hackathon in Lodz. The presentations present an outline of the proposed topic, as well as examples of use.
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1. Spatial planning and automatic detection of changes

The presentation entitled „Spatial planning and automatic detection of changes” discusses the application of data and services of the Copernicus Program for spatial planning. This section mainly focuses on land data – Copernicus Land (CLMS). One of the main and most recognizable products – CORINE Land Cover – is discussed in detail, what is the idea of ​​land classification and its use as well as statistical data that can be obtained from this product. The site also presents pan-European High Resolution Layers (HRL) data, i.e. raster information for selected types of land cover, such as impermeable layers (Imperviousness). Another aspect of the presentation were local products, Urban Atlas, Riparian Zones and Natura 2000, focusing on the detailed information on land cover and its use only for thematic areas. A new Copernicus product was also presented – Urban Atlas Enrichment, which has more detailed information on land use on an existing product. The Copernicus data have created a number of applications that support spatial analysis. Thanks to Urban Atlas data and satellite images, the development of Prague in recent years has been analyzed. It shows trends that occur in the development of the city and provides guidelines for future planning principles. The second project, MAUPP, aims to use satellite data to map and predict the expansion of city over a period of several years to understand and predict fluctuations of population density within cities. The solution based on remote sensing is an effective solution for mapping and monitoring of urbanization in various aspects at a spatial and temporal scale.

The expert responsible for the above challenge is: Damian Olszewski

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2. Natural hazard prevention and management

The presentation on “Natural hazards management” presents the current achievements of Copernicus Programme Emergency Management Service. The details on the CMS’s two components: Mapping component and Early warning and monitoring component are presented. The exemplary maps delivered for natural hazards management are presented. Also the links for European Systems for Flood, Fires and Drought Observations within Copernicus Programme are enlisted for further reading. Further the examples of satellite data applications for natural hazards management, such as: identification of areas prone to the emergence and spreading of epidemics, terrain displacements after earthquakes as well as volcanic eruptions are presented. The applicability of satellite data for management of these natural hazards as well as indication of type of satellite data applied is described.

The expert responsible for the above challenge is: Martyna Gatkowska

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3. Monitoring of agricultural fields

The presentation on Management of agricultural fields explains first the basic knowledge on remote sensing applicability for crops monitoring such as spectral reflectance of crops in various phenological phases and its variety depending of the crops type. Further the various type of satellite data applied for agriculture monitoring as well as basic information on this data and exemplary products delivered on the basis of them are presented. Subsequently, the most popular areas of satellite data application for agriculture are presented. Then the vegetation indices, based on satellite data, useful for crops monitoring are demonstrated. Finally, several tips on how satellite data can be applied for agriculture are enlisted.

The expert responsible for the above challenge is: Martyna Gatkowska

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4. Meteorological and hydrological analysis

Meteorological and hydrological analysis – To show applications enhancing Atmospheric And Marine Services it is necessary to start with already existing services such two parts of the Copernicus Programme: Atmosphere Monitoring Service and Marine Environment Monitoring Service. Nowadays air pollution is one of the most important topics in atmosphere researches and it is possible to monitor it even by free data like Landsat. European satellite programme Sentinel also includes atmospheric monitoring instruments – Sentinel 4, which is planned to be launched in 2023 and 2030 as part of Meteosat Third Generation Sounder (MTG-S) satellite. There is also satellite mission which contains ocean monitoring  in Programme Sentinel – Sentinel-3. There are two satellites: Sentinel-3A and Sentinel-3B and two more are in order. New satellites allows us to collect data more frequency.

The expert responsible for the above challenge is: Michał Kubicki

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5. Inventory of excavation and piles

Inventory of excavation and piles – satellite data based applications for volume measurement. The aim of this  presentation is to bring closer the issue of utilization of satellite data in construction. At first it starts with project named Building Radar, which aims to provide information about a construction site based on i.a. Sentinel data. Next part of presentation is about Very High Resolution Satellite Data. VHRS data allows us to detect buildings, prepare 3D visualization, detect changes and building deformation. Presentation ends with example for building deformation in landslide area and during construction works of a tunnel.

The expert responsible for the above challenge is: Michał Kubicki

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6. Monitoring of forests

The next presentation „Monitoring of forests – applications enhancing services already provided with in Copernicus Land Monitoring Service” will familiarize participants with the possibilities of using satellite data and Copernicus Program Services for the forest sector. One of the main data provided by the land service (CLMS) are High Resolution Layers – Forests. They are divided into several types: crown density, stand types and leaf type. On the example of the Nowotarski Poviat, semi-automatic classifications of forest areas with their division into tree species will be shown. Thanks to the large time interval of satellite images, you can examine how the condition and extent of forests in the past looked like and how this information relates to the current state. Forest areas are often exposed to natural degradation as well as caused by anthropogenic factors. Examples of tree felling, degradation caused by bark beetles and adverse weather conditions (hurricanes and droughts) will show the analyses carried out in crisis areas. The example of the Sat4EST project will show the effects of deforestation in mountain areas and how it has an impact on the overall state of the environment, which will prevent future effects of crises in forests.

The expert responsible for the above challenge is: Damian Olszewski

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7. Environmental degradation

The presentation entitled „Environmental degradation – assessment and monitoring of anthropogenic factors for environmental changes” will focus on the impact of the human factor on the natural environment. Examples of the negative impact on the environment will be presented and how this can be prevented by using satellite data. As part of the Copernicus crisis management service (Copernicus EMS), all entities involved in the management of natural disasters, man-made crises and humanitarian crises are provided with current and reliable geospatial information obtained by satellite remote sensing and supplemented with sources available in situ or other sources of open data. The Copernicus EMS service consists of two components (mapping component, early warning component). On the example of the Polwet project, long-term monitoring of natural areas will be presented to protect wetlands in Poland. Another example will be the analysis of the impact of the Bełchatów opencast mine on surrounding natural areas and how this situation changed during the expansion of the mine opencast area. The last example discusses the problem of urbanization and the risk it poses to the environment. In the context of steady population growth, cities and the region must develop intelligently and understand sustainable management strategies, measure, map and mitigate the increased risk of urbanization such as air pollution or urban heat. With the use of satellite data and Copernicus services, attempts have been made to overcome this phenomena.

The expert responsible for the above challenge is: Damian Olszewski

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8. Adaptation to climate change

The presentation on „Climate change adaptation” presents firstly the theoretical background which is essential for examine the possibility of satellite data application for climate change adaptations. Further, the Climate Change Initiative of European Space Agency is introduced as well the satellite data applied within ESA CCI is enlisted. Then the Climate Analysis Toolbox of the ESA CCI is introduced and the link is given. Subsequently, the offer of Copernicus Programme Climate Change Service is thoroughly demonstrated. The CMIP5 – Coupled Model Intercomparison Project as well as its data and products are presented. Moreover the characterization of ‚ECMWF ReAnalysis’ the ERA 5 Climate Reanalysis as well as set of satellite data applied for it,  is given. Next the rough information about the Copernicus regional reanalysis for Europe (CERRA) and Copernicus Arctic Regional Reanalysis Service is presented. Finally, the needs of three sectors: Insurance Sector, Energy and Agricultural Sector in the area of satellite data application for climate change monitoring, are presented.

The expert responsible for the above challenge is: Martyna Gatkowska

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