Earth observation (EO) encompasses a series of techniques that use remote sensing to monitor changes to our climate, and natural and built environment.
Discover how optical Earth observation data is gathered and used in the free online course “Earth Observation from Space: the Optical View” from the European Space Agency (ESA). The course will also provide detailed case studies of how this data is used in diverse fields, from climate science to humanitarian relief, monitoring of urban change to agriculture, and many other areas.
Earth Observation from Space: the Optical View – Course Content
This course will provide an introduction to optical Earth observation – monitoring our planet from satellites, using photography, imaging in various wavelengths, lidar and other optical sensing technologies. It will use case studies, real-world applications, and data from ESA and other Earth observation programs, to help you discover:
- How we observe and measure the Earth with optical sensors;
- How satellite data is used alongside other forms of measurement;
- The main types of data acquired through Copernicus and other satellites;
- How to conduct simple analysis using a range of different types of optical Earth observation data;
- How optical EO data is used in a range of scientific, policy and decision-making areas, in conjunction with models.
Summary of Main Course Features
- Educators: Martin Wooster and Mathias Disney
- Publisher: European Space Agency (ESA)
- Duration: 5 weeks x 3 hours per week
- Start Date: 12 September 2016
- Certificates available