date_range Starts on July 25, 2016
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Explore our planet from space and learn how Earth observation is used to monitor climate change, with this free online course.

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Satellite Earth Observation technology provides a powerful and compelling insight into climate change which can help to underpin climate policy, scientific research and public engagement. But how does this technology work, and how can it achieve the essential detail and comprehensive worldwide view that we need? Join Lead Educator Professor Martin Wooster and leading climate experts such as Professor Konrad Steffen, Professor Anny Cazenave, Dr Stephen Briggs and Dr Emily Shuckburgh as they reveal the perspective provided by satellite Earth observation. The course is free and fully flexible - you can progress in step with other learners week by week, or take the course entirely at your own pace, with all materials available indefinitely once you have registered. The ‘live run’ of the course, allowing you to interact with experts and other learners, will continue until 10th July 2016, and you can register any time up to that date. You can also view and share some ‘highlights’ from the course without registering, using the links at the bottom of this page. This film, the course trailer above and a small selection of other videos are also available with Spanish and Chinese subtitles. Just click on the small pink square in the video controls to select your preferred language. Introducing Earth observation Seeing the Earth from space allows us to gain this global perspective. By using Earth observation techniques, we can now monitor global environmental change on a scale that has never before been possible. Earth observation has not only revolutionised the way we perceive our home, but changed the way we understand our profound impact on the environment. This technology has brought on a transformation in the way we observe, monitor and study our planet. Learn with experts from ESA and leading European research centres In this free online course, you will join leading experts and scientists from ESA and key European research centres, to explore the science that underpins Earth observation. We will look at recent and current satellite missions that are providing an archive of essential data; and find out how this data is used in local and international policy and planning. The course consists of five themed weeks: Week 1 - Observing Climate Change from Space What is Earth observation? How do we observe the Earth with satellites? And what role does Earth observation play in climate policy and planning? Weeks 2 & 3 - Earth Observation Techniques and Technology How do we use different types of mission, instrumentation and data to study changes to our atmosphere, land, oceans and ice? Week 4 - Earth Observation in Action How does Earth observation help us set policy; plan for climate risk, resilience and adaptation; and manage resources and biodiversity? Week 5 - Managing Earth Observation Data How do we make sense of the large amount of data produced by Earth observation? Can crowdsourcing and citizen science play a role in developing climate change models? The lead presenters on this course are: Professor Martin Wooster, King’s College London; Dr Mathias Disney, University College London; Dr Emily Shuckburgh, British Antarctic Survey; Professor Andy Shepherd, University of Leeds. Further expert insight is provided by Professor Alan O’Neill, University of Reading. Other contributors for the course include: Professor Konrad Steffen, WSL; Professor Anny Cazenave, LEGOS & ISSI; Dr Pierre-Philippe Mathieu, ESA; Dr Stephen Briggs, ESA; Dr Angela Benedetti, ECMWF; Dr Nathalie Pettorelli, ZSL; Professor Chris Merchant, University of Reading; Dr Melanie Ades, University of Reading; Dr Helen Snaith, BODC (NOC); Dr Stephanie Henson, NOC; Dr Simon Boxall, University of Southampton; Dr Paolo Cipollini, NOC; Professor Chris Lintott, University of Oxford; Dr Kirsten Barrett, University of Leicester.
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Instructors

  • Martin Wooster
  • Alan O'Neill
  • Andrew Shepherd
  • Emily Shuckburgh
  • Mathias Disney
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Futurelearn

FutureLearn is a massive open online course (MOOC) learning platform founded in December 2012.

It is a company launched and wholly owned by The Open University in Milton Keynes, England. It is the first UK-led massive open online course learning platform, and as of March 2015 included 54 UK and international University partners and unlike similar platforms includes four non-university partners: the British Museum, the British Council, the British Library and the National Film and Television School.

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