Graduate School Course in Geomatics 2015

October 13.-14., 2015
Aalto University School of Engineering, Department of Real Estate, Planning and Geoinformatics, has the pleasure of inviting you to attend a two days graduate school course in October 13.-14.2014 in Espoo, Finland.

The main theme of the course is Global Monitoring of the Environment Using Satellite Data.
The course is aimed at graduate students in the field of Geomatics, but we welcome students and all interested parties of other fields as well. Lectures are given in English.

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DAY 1: Tuesday Oct 13
Venue: Open innovation house (Otaniementie 19–21, Espoo), room A116
9:00-9:05 Opening words (Rautiainen)
9:05-12:00 Lecture: Global monitoring of vegetation (Myneni)
Themes: The greening Earth, Droughts and seasonality of Amazon rainforests
1-2 short coffee breaks included.
12:00-13:30 Lunch break
13:30-16:00 Lecture: NASA Earth Exchange, supercomputing and cloud computing in remote sensing (Ganguly)
1-2 short coffee breaks included.
16:00-16:30 Wrap up and discussion (Myneni, Ganguly, Rautiainen)

DAY 2: Wednesday Oct 14
Venue: Maarintalo (Sähkömiehentie 3, Espoo), room Maari-B
9:00-9:15 Introduction to hands-on session (Myneni, Ganguly)
9:15-12:00 Hands-on session: MODIS vegetation products (Ganguly)
12:00-13:15 Lunch break
13:30-16:00 Hands-on session: NEX platform (Ganguly)
16:00-16:30 Wrap up and discussion (Myneni, Ganguly, Rautiainen)

The lecturers

Prof. Ranga Myneni, Boston University,
a worldleading scientist in climate-vegetation interactions who has developed theories behind the use of satellite data in global environmental monitoring. Listed as a "Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher in Geosciences" (with about 16 000 citations to his papers).

Dr. Sangram Ganguly, NASA Ames / Bay Area Environmental Research Institute,
a senior research scientist who has made significant contributions in the development of high performance computing in Earth sciences.

The lecture halls

Tuesday Oct. 13 Lecture Hall A116 in OIH Building, Otaniementie 19-21
Wednesday Oct. 14 Computer class Maari B, Sähkömiehentie 3


Students are given 1 credit of attending the two days of lectures and exercises.


The course is free of charge.


Please email your name and student number to Milka Nuikka ( and write "Graduate School Course in Geomatics 2014" to the subject line. The registration is open until Sept 30, 2015.
Please note that limited seats are available in the hands-on sessions (Oct 14).


Questions concerning the course can be sent to assistant professor Miina A. Rautiainen (

How to get here?

Aalto University is situated in Otaniemi, Espoo, 10 km from the centre of Helsinki.

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