A look into the early days of optical Earth observation, and the different types of optical instrumentation and the Sentinel satellites.
Welcome to ‘Earth Observation From Space: The Optical View’. In this course, we will introduce you to the wide range of applications of satellite Earth observation technology. We will focus in particular on the use of data acquired by satellite sensors which use visible light and near infrared radiation – otherwise known as ‘optical’ Earth observation.
An overview of the different types and resolutions of optical and multispectral instruments.
Wavebands & spectroscopy in remote sensing
Professor Martin Wooster provides a brief summary of the Sentinel satellites which have been launched so far.
A look at how Optical EO can be used to observe vegetation, biodiversity and conservation, as well as monitoring wildfires, protected areas, wildlife and illegal activity.
Explore how optical EO can be used to monitor and map vegetation and land use change
Explore how scientists use optical EO to measure and understand changes in biodiversity and conservation
Biodiversity and conservation part 2 looks at pressures and threats
Learn how optical EO can help to protect wildlife and monitor illegal activity
A look at how we can monitor atmospheric composition and atmospheric pollution. And then onto the Oceans, at ocean colour, harmful algae blooms and fisheries.
Why and how ocean colour is monitored
The techniques and applications used to measure ocean colour.
This week covers the role of EO in tracking geohazards, monitoring impacts of severe weather and climate change, how we can also monitor conflict zones, refugees and migration from space, urban expansion and agriculture.
What role does EO play in tracking geohazards?
How the use of satellite imagery can be used by the UN and NGOs in responding to natural disasters.
Monitoring impacts of severe weather and climate change with optical EO
How optical EO supports sustainable development, and the collaboration of the ESA and the World Bank.
How satellites can monitor crop health from Space and the future FLEX mission
A look at future trends for EO and 3 practical guides for working with EO data
A look at new satellite technology and data services
How EO data can be freely accessed by the public
Scientific data has become increasing important for policy making, especially in relation to climate change
Part 1 of the practical guide: accessing data
Part 2 of the Practical guide: accessing data
Processing EO data.
Using data products
An additional short course on the future of Earth Observation