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Introduction to the course and educators

Introduction to the three-week online course on understanding climate change using satellite data.

In the coming weeks, you will meet several experts from the University of Twente and scientists from the Climate Change Initiative Programme of the European Space Agency. These experts and scientists will share their experiences and insights with you, so you learn about climate change, through analysing satellite data on essential climate variables. You will be using satellite data and the analysis toolbox produced by the Climate Change Initiative Programme of the European Space Agency.


Lead educator
Dr ir S. (Suhyb) Salama
Suhyb Salama is Associate Professor of Remote Sensing of Water Quality and Water Resources Management at the Department of Water Resources in the Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente, the Netherlands.
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Lead Scientists from the Climate Change Initiative Programme

You will meet with lead scientists behind the development of satellite products of essential climate variables. In short entertaining videos, they will share their valuable experience with you on the recent scientific developments.

  • Week 2

Prof. Dr. ir. Pierre Defourny, Professor at the faculty of bioengineer of the Université catholique de Louvain, UCLouvain and the science lead of CCI Land cover project

  • Week 3

Dr. Annett Bartsch, Managing Director of the B.GEOS in Austria, and the science lead of CCI permafrost project

Course setup


This online course is three weeks long and each week forms an independent learning unit focusing on one component of the climate system.

The first week forms a general introduction and can therefore be followed by the public and non-specialists. The second week focuses on the land-climate nexus and the third week focuses on the cryosphere-climate nexus.

As they are independent learning units, you can follow one week, combine more than one or follow the three-week course. To achieve a maximum gain in your learning experience we advise you to follow the full three-week course.

Study load

Following the three weeks course and completing the end-course test, you will receive a certificate equivalent to 1 ECTS of study credit. Please note that to obtain the certificate you need to upgrade.

Disclaimer for this course

We did our very best to verify the sources of all materials used in this online course. If you find any infringement regarding copyright-protected material, please let us know immediately. Any infringement was not done on purpose and will be rectified to all parties’ satisfaction.

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