Online course in Nature & Environment

Hurricane Tracking with Satellite Data

Discover data analytics and learn how to process and interpret satellite data to track hurricanes.

  • Duration 5 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
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Analyse satellite data of hurricanes and explore descriptive statistics

Regularly causing major global destruction, hurricanes are intense storms with devastating winds. Space-enabled data allows us to observe, monitor, and track hurricanes from a safe distance. Although easily accessible, large volumes of satellite data have been left untouched due to a lack of skilled data analysts.

On this course, you’ll explore the key concepts of data science required to process, analyse, and interpret large datasets. You’ll use tutorials and case studies to understand the possibilities within these datasets, and learn how to interpret satellite data beyond the course.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 seconds[HEAVY WINDS ROARING]

Skip to 0 minutes and 14 secondsEach year hurricanes cost thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars worth of destruction in their wake. And we have a team of highly trained and motivated scientists who are making use of the latest technology to track and predict the path of these hurricanes. Using satellite tracking data, we will show you how you can use this data to track and chart the progress of hurricanes and how to use that data to predict the path of upcoming hurricanes. We use data from a range of satellites to examine the Earth's atmosphere. So this gives us a really good insight as to whether a hurricane is likely to intensify or weaken.

Skip to 0 minutes and 51 secondsIn predicting hurricanes, we can coordinate relief efforts, evacuations, where to build shelters and most importantly, how we can save lives against the backdrop of these giant storms.

What topics will you cover?

  • Hurricanes
    • How do they form? Where do they occur?
    • Hurricane Prediction models
    • Hurricane Preparedness
    • Hurricane Damage Control
  • Satellites and their applications
    • Orbits
    • Payloads
    • Sensors
  • Datasets
    • What different formats of data are there?
    • Location Point
    • Temporal Data
    • Map Data
    • Contour Data on a Map
  • Introduction to Python
    • Installation
    • Packages (Pandas, Cartopy, Numpy etc)
    • Data visualization

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • What data is and its different forms
  • What a satellite is and how its applications produce valuable data
  • Basic data analysis techniques such as descriptive statistics using Python
  • Ability to access and process satellite application data

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in learning something about hurricanes or satellites, or those interested in starting to code in Python.

What software or tools do you need?

Anaconda with Python 3.0 (free to download).

Who will you learn with?

Astrid Werkmeister

Astrid Werkmeister

I'm a teaching associate for Satellite Applications working at the University of Strathclyde. I'm a trained meteorologist with a background in hurricane remote sensing from satellites.

Rosanne English

Rosanne English

I'm a lecturer at the University of Strathclyde, with a passion for computing science education. I am interested in pedagogical research, specifically with regards to assessment and feedback.

Who developed the course?

The University of Strathclyde is a leading international technological university located in Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city, committed to useful learning.

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