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Registration is open for ESA’s online course on tracking climate change from space

on 04 May 2015

The European Space Agency (ESA) has teamed up with FutureLearn, a leading online learning platform, to offer the ‘Monitoring Climate from Space’ free online course that provides an introduction to monitoring climate change using satellite Earth observation.

The 5 weeks long course is scheduled to begin on 8 June via FutureLearn.com and anyone interested can register online here. So far, over 3300 people have registered for the course.

This course is designed for people who want to learn more about Earth observation, climate change and monitoring climate from space. In addition, it can also help decision makers, policy makers, educators and communicators, to gain a better insight into how satellite data can help them assess the state of our climate and its changes, in order to support climate science, and adaptation and mitigation decisions.

Particular attention will be given to data from ESA’s satellite missions, including CryoSat, SMOS, GOCE and the Sentinels, and use information from the Climate Change Initiative.

Seventeen representatives from leading scientific universities and institutions will guide the virtual classroom over the five-weeks course. Discussion of course material with the educators and other participants will also be possible.

This is ESA’s first massive online open course – or MOOC, part of ESA’s ‘EO Science 2.0’ initiative, which explores challenges and opportunities faced by the Earth observation scientific community in responding to advances in communication technologies.

The first Science 2.0 conference will be held 12–14 October.