The use of satellite data for mapping and monitoring is an important tool assisting effective and timely natural resource management. Furthermore the application of local knowledge in the interpretation of satellite data is often key to understanding the mapped landscape, observed changes and for deriving useful management outcomes. Currently, most satellite based assessments of natural resources in Eastern Indonesia are conducted by non-locals. However, with evolving technologies and changing research methods, new opportunities are arising for the wider use of satellite technology. This tutorial has been created as part of ongoing collaborative engagement between Charles Darwin University (Darwin, Australia) and Nusa Cendana University (Kupang, Indonesia) and has been funded by the Australia Indonesia Institute.