What is Earth observation? How do you observe the Earth with satellites? What is the added value of the view from space? This week aims to introduce you to the basic concepts of how earth observation data is acquired from satellites, the underlying science that enables this and what it can help us to do.
In this video, Professor Martin Wooster will guide you through some of the basic principles used to observe the Earth from space.
This video explains why Earth observation is essential in climate policy and planning
This video provides a range of examples of the types of climate-related observations now being made from Space
In this video Dr Stephen Briggs introduces the concept of Essential Climate Variables and ESA’s Climate Change Initiative
The methods and technologies for observing and accumulating evidence about climate change, its impacts and solutions.
This video introduces the ESA Sentinels and the Copernicus programme, along with a range of other recent and current Earth observation missions
This video will explore how satellite data relating to the composition of Earth’s atmosphere is enabling us to run increasingly detailed atmospheric models, and what this can mean for policy.
This topic looks at monitoring the distribution of plant biomass from satellites for studying the carbon cycle, and its relation to climate.
A special introduction video on the role of satellite technology in monitoring the world’s oceans by Professor Anny Cazenave.
This video explores why it is so important to monitor phytoplankton distribution from space using the technique of ‘ocean colour’ remote sensing, and provides an overview of how this is achieved using satellite technology.
Professor Konrad presents a special introduction to the role of satellite technology in monitoring the cryosphere.
In this video Professor Andrew Shepherd explains the importance of monitoring the cryosphere from space, and introduces the range of satellite microwave techniques. Professor Shepherd also explores some of the first highly detailed datasets that CryoSat-2 has collected.
In this video, Professor Andrew Shepherd explores how improvements in Earth observation technology are increasingly advancing our ability to make accurate measurements of ice thickness and volume in the polar regions.
How EO data is used in policy and decision-making in climate resilience, adaptation and mitigation, and in sustainable development
In this video, Dr Simon Boxall introduces the importance of Earth observation to coastal zone policy and planning, while Dr Helen Snaith explores the ESA’s eSurge programme.
In this video, Dr Angela Benedetti highlights the importance of past and current stratospheric ozone observations, and explores the key role of Earth observation.
In this video, Dr Stephen Briggs and Dr Kirsten Barrett explore how and why EO satellites are vital to both the development and success of the REDD+ initiative.
In this video, Dr Nathalie Pettorelli explains how Earth observation can be applied to the protection of biodiversity, and explores how satellites provide the necessary information upon which scientists, conservationists and decision makers can act.
In this video, Professor Chris Merchant explores the patterns apparent in both global and regional SST data.
In this video, Professor Andrew Shepherd explores a range of satellite-derived datasets.
How is ESA’s Climate Change Initiative (CCI) vital in supporting the monitoring of the Essential Climate Variables (ECVs)?
In this video, Professor Martin Wooster explains the importance and some of the basic principles of EO validation activities
In this video, Professor Chris Lintott explains the importance of citizen science initiatives and introduces Zooniverse’s ‘Floating Forests’.
In this final video of the course, some of the course educators and leading experts who have taken us through the range of topics, now provide a brief re-cap of key themes from the course.