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Free online course on climate monitoring from space

MOOC showcase for Mat Disney

Free online course on climate monitoring from space

Dr. Mat Disney has been a core member of the team of satellite and climate scientists who have showcased their work in a new Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC, being developed by the European Space Agency (ESA).

The MOOC is a free online resource explaining how satellites are vital to our understanding of Earth's climate system, and how the data they create support the development of new insights. They also help to monitor climate change, predict its future impacts and deliver climate-related services to scientists, policy makers and businesses across the world.

ESA is a global leader in developing and delivering satellite climate observation programmes. This MOOC is a new initiative to complement the Sentinel programme of new satellites to be launched over the coming decade: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Observing_the_Earth/Copernicus/Overview4.

The ESA Sentinels will provide unparalleled coverage and detail of the Earth system as a key part of the EU's climate and services programme, Copernicus: http://www.copernicus.eu/.

The ESA MOOC is free to all, opens for registration on June 8th, and involves 5 weeks of 2-3 hours a week, aimed at giving a non-technical overview of how satellite observations are being used to monitor and predict climate impacts.

To join, see: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/climate-from-space

Photo: Mat Disney (left) and Andy Burt (right) collecting 3D measurements at a drought experiment in the Amazon rainforest.

See: http://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/about-the-department/news/news-archive-2014/november-2014/forests-near-and-far


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Amazon drought measurements


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