GMES & Africa and Copernicus Marine Earth Observation
Working with marine satellite data often involves using large numbers of (often) individually large data files, of varying formats. The applications for this data are also broad, and range from exploratory, research led purposes, to routine and operational analysis for more commercial applications. As such, there are many different tools available to work with marine satellite data. Here we provide a (non-exhaustive) list and discussion of some of the more commonly used tools by the marine remote sensing community. Choosing which tool to use will be very dependent on the type of application you are working on. Key things you should consider include:
Do you know explicitly what you want to do with the data? Or do you want to explore and investigate?
Do you need to repeat your application regularly?
Do you need to be able to share the processes you go through with others? If so, what is their experience?
Below you can complete some basic tutorials using software developed specifically to work with the sort of data available from the Sentinel-1, 2 and 3 satellites.
You can also read about other types of software available, the programming languages commonly used across the remote sensing community, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of these.
To complete this section you should read all content, install Acolite, install SNAP and complete the tutorials with the data you downloaded in the previous section, install python and/or post about your choice of programming language.