The Finnish Satellite Workshop has, in only two years, grown to the largest event for space professionals in Finland. For the first time, Remote Sensing Days were organised jointly with the workshop, making it three full days of space technology, science, Earth Observation and services in Otaniemi, Espoo.
FMI-SPACE presented their activities at a dedicated booth which drew a lot of attention. “People were mostly interested in our satellite data products and where to get them”, says Mikko Moisander from FMI-SPACE. “We got also inquiries on applications related to agriculture and forestry, and satellite monitoring of greenhouse gases.”
FMI-SPACE researchers gave close to 20 presentations in the event, focusing primarily on Earth Observation and Copernicus data. In particular, the environmental changes in the remote Arctic and boreal regions are best covered using long time series of satellite data. In addition, ground-based remote sensing measurements at the Arctic Space Centre and novel methods for data interpretation were presented in the context of Remote Sensing Days. Anu-Maija Sundström, one of the organisers of the Remote Sensing Days from FMI-SPACE, thinks that merging the two events was successful because of synergy. “The program turned out to be very versatile and participants were able to move between parallel sessions and learn about new topics. I was very impressed about the wide front of remote sensing activities we have in Finland.”