Welcome to the web pages for the 2014 ERASMUS summer school on FORmation of Multi-disciplinary Approaches to Training in Earth Observation (FORMAT-EO).

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The FORMAT-EO Summer School will be held at the University of Leicester from 18th July to 1st August 2014


Objectives and Overview of the Summer School

FORMAT-EO aims to increase student awareness and exposure to Earth Observation research and industry, whilst also encouraging interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to solve Earth Observation problems.

The school will include practical experience of using specialist software and tools for the analysis of satellite data complemented by lectures relating to Earth Observation topics, careers information and an industry visit.

Topics of the course aim to show the breadth of subjects within Earth Observation Science and include satellite instrumentation, land cover classification, remote sensing of fires and space policy. For more information on the topics covered in the course please see the timetable.

AATSR Images
A fantastic thermal 12 micron AATSR image of the Gulf of Oman. The thermal structure in the ocean is clearly seen.


The course will offer 40 students from undergraduates to PhD students a number of distinct features:

1) Give students exposure to the wider applications of EO;

2) Highlight the interdisciplinary, collaborative and international nature of EO;

3) Provide intensive training to equip students with specialist skills (analytical, programming, use of specialist software) required for a career in this field of research/industry;

4) Provide expert advice on the development of careers in the EO market.


An application form for students to attend the event can be downloaded here.


This project has been enabled by the NEREUS network and funded by ERASMUS Intensive Programmes.


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The 2013 FORMAT-EO Students and Staff

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Tel.: +44 (0)116 252 3506
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University of Leicester,
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