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Professional Training for Environmental Agencies (PTEA)

Point of contact
Christian Schweitzer
German Environment Agency
Wörlitzer Platz 1
D-06844 Dessau
Phone: +49-340-21032624

The aim of this action is to develop and elaborate a modular training focusing on the specific monitoring needs and reporting obligations of environmental agencies. This includes the development of a training course, including the creation of target group-oriented teaching materials and webinars. Beginners in particular should acquire a first sound knowledge in the areas of remote sensing, Copernicus data and services as well as software and processing possibilities.

With the currently available Sentinel data and the increasing amount of data products provided by the Copernicus services, regional environmental monitoring could benefit from new application possibilities. Environmental agencies are also showing great interest in the use of Copernicus data and services. However, so far there are only a limited number of pilot projects and no widespread operational use. Feasibility studies have often brought the expertise for processing remote sensing data into the authority. At the end of the project a continuation and implementation are often not possible (this may have different reasons) and the know-how is lost again. Previous workshops have shown that there is a great need for further training. Potential users must be introduced to the data and services with good guidance, especially in order to be able to identify new application possibilities in their thematic areas. At present there is a lack of compact and, above all, application-oriented training opportunities specifically designed for users from environmental agencies with little or no experience in satellite remote sensing and data processing and analysis. Training material is required, satisfying existing needs and filling knowledge gaps.

In collaboration with environmental agencies from Germanys federal states and with input from the Environment Agency Austria and the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), not only training units and modules should be developed under this action, also integration of real (and simple) use cases should be sought in order to give impulses for the future use of Copernicus data. The training materials should enable the authorities to conduct their own training courses (train the trainer) and to adapt and further develop these to their own needs. The course material should be modular and contain sections on different areas of application, e.g. land monitoring, climate, climate adaptation, atmosphere, water monitoring, environmental compliance etc. In addition to the content aspects, the possibilities of data access, software (e.g. SNAP and QGIS) and technical issues of data processing will be discussed and pointed out (e.g. CODE-DE, RUS, DIAS). If possible, teaching material needs to be responsive to different learning levels and styles. The materials should be suitable for both face-to-face training and for the use in webinars. In a first step, the material will be produced in German, but will be translated in perspective.

The course should be compatible with other courses developed within the framework of the FPCUP in order to ensure integration, and should also take up selected case studies and findings developed there.

In a final step, a concept is to be developed and framework conditions discussed so that the developed teaching materials can be integrated in the best possible way into further training programs of the environmental agencies.

Outputs and Results

  • A training course with learning material will be developed, carried out and evaluated within the specified time frame of this measure
  • Material is published online (e.g. via
  • Material will be made available free of charge for any other use