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How climate change impacts the land and vice versa

Elnaz Neinavaz introduces how climate change impacts the land and vice versa.
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Did you enjoy the previous module? Have you ever considered how, essential climate variables, aid in the monitoring of other reservoirs? I’m Elnaz Neinavaz, assistant professor at the Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation at the University of Twente. Join me to have a closer look at one of the most important biogeochemical cycles and terrestrial ecosystems The land carbon cycle. This week, we will walk you through how climate change impacts the land carbon cycle. We also show you some of the land essential climate variables generated by the Climate Change Initiative for monitoring and understanding the impact of climate change on the land.
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Using essentially climate variables you could delve into food security principles and learn how climate change will affect food security pilars. We have included some activities to give you some practice analyzing essential climate variables, using the climate analysis toolbox of the European Space Agency, namely CATE. You will meet Pierre Defourny, scientific leader of the Climate Change Initiative Land cover Project from the European Space Agency, who will discuss how climate change affects the land carbon cycle. After completing this module, you will know the land carbon cycle, how climate change affects land, and how this can be monitored using satellite based essential climate variables.
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You will learn about the links between soil moisture as an essential climate variable and the drought cause by climate change. I hope you find this experience enjoyable as I do. Let’s start with the land carbon cycle.

In this week, you will learn about some of the highlights of European Space Agency’s (ESA) contributions to land research through the Climate Change Initiative (CCI). Additionally, you will learn how to retrieve, visualise, and understand publicly available data from the Open Data Portal.

This week includes videos, activities, and articles that illustrate the necessity of observing terrestrial essential climatic variables (ECVs) using satellite data.

The articles in this course are interchanged with exercises in Jupyter notebooks and Climate Analysis Toolbox, CATE. These exercises will show you how to create a query and download the free CCI datasets from the portal, as well as how to visualise and evaluate the datasets. If you have not done so, we strongly recommend you to follow the [CATE tutorial of the introduction week of this course] /courses/understanding-climate-change-using-satellite-data/1/steps/1271881), so you can set up the Jupyter environment and conduct the exercises. In addition, we hope that these exercises will motivate you to develop your studies and take further advantage of the work of the Climate Change Initiative Programme.

Land Figure 1: Terrestrial water and energy cycles. (Click to expand)

In this week we will cover the following subjects:

  • Land-climate interactions
  • Terrestrial essential climate variables
  • Setting up a processing chain using Jupyter notebook and CATE functionalities to interpret and analyse essential climate variables

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In the following video, you will hear Prof. Pierre Defourny, the scientific leader of the land cover project.

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