Discover how climate change is impacting the Greenland Ice Sheet
Made up of layers of compressed snow from over the last 100,000 years, the vast Greenland ice sheet acts as both a valuable record of our past climate and a bellwether for future climate change.
This online course highlights how the Greenland ice sheet is monitored from space and the ground. You’ll look at the measurements made possible by Earth Observation (EO) satellites like Cryosat, the technologies and techniques involved, the data generated, and its uses and challenges.
You’ll also explore the role of ice in the climate system and the impact of climate change on the Greenland ice sheet.
What topics will you cover?
- Satellite Earth Observation technology, terminology and the types of data products available when monitoring ice sheets
- Understanding the unique measurements of ice thickness and dynamics which satellite data can provide
- How to access process and work with Earth observation data and ice sheet measuring tools
- The use of Earth observation data in a range of scientific, policy and decision-making areas, in conjunction with models
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you'll be able to...
- Explore how we observe and measure ice sheets in situ and from satellites
- Explore the operational elements of satellite missions like Cryosat, which monitor the Greenland ice sheet
- Understand the complexity of the dynamics involved in melting ice sheet systems
- Data processing methods from Cryosat and other satellite missions
- Investigate how satellite data models enable a complete picture of changes in the ice sheet and how this is used in policy decision making
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for people who want to learn more about Earth observation, climate change and monitoring climate from space.
The course can also help decision makers, policymakers, 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.
You may find it useful to take ESA’s other courses on FutureLearn - Monitoring Climate from Space and Earth Observation from Space: the Optical View.
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Last updated February 17, 2018