GEOGG142 Global Monitoring of Environment and Security
OPTION GEOGG142 - GLOBAL MONITORING OF ENVIRONMENT and SECURITY
Term 2 (2012)
The module will provide students with structured material on the key fundamental principles of global monitoring of climate change and the role of remote sensing. The module will provide core skills necessary for progression onto more advanced dissertation topics in the second (for MSc Space Science) and third terms.
The module, based closely on a pre-existing modules (CEGE044) will provide an introduction to the current state-of-the-art in Global Monitoring of Environment and Security (which is the EU/ESA name for the Group on Earth Observations System of Systems, GEOSS).
To define the objectives of a GMES system within the context of the GEOSS (Global Earth Observation System of Systems) and its nine societal benefit areas. To describe the scientific underpinning for many of these societal benefit areas, including improved weather forecasting, the monitoring of climate change and the monitoring and prediction of natural hazards. To investigate the needs for EO monitoring of human security concerned with transmigration of people, diseases and animals and what remote sensing tools and techniques exist to address these needs. To study the requirements for accurate calibration and validation of instruments to be able to address the needs of GMES, especially related to long-term monitoring. To describe the fundamental principles of data and system inter-operability and to explore the role of OGC protocols within GMES. To assess the progress of the GEOSS 10 year Implementation Plan in the context of international programmes.
1 x 2 hour exam
1 x 2,500 word essay
A combination of lectures, private reading, seminars and tutorials.
Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts, principles and applications of remote sensing. They will be able to derive solutions to given quantitative problems related to global climate change, environmental security and will have an understanding of examples of the use of remote sensing across a variety of scientific, commercial and government applications.