Series of online short courses 

We are resuming our series of online short courses on data discovery for weather, oceanography, air quality and climate in October 2021. 

Future events:
  • 4 November 2021, 12:00 UTC - Application of machine learning approaches to ocean colour topics | Register
  • 9 November 2021, 12:00 UTC - Weather-related satellite data with Jupyter Notebooks Register
  • 24 November 2021, 12:00 UTC - Winter Weather in Satellite Data Register
  • 8 December 2021, 12:00 UTC - Coding for EO (Python & R) Register

    NEW: Series of Ocean and Sea Ice (OSI) SAF webinars 
  • 25 January 2022 - Sea Surface Temperature | Register
  • 27 January 2022 - Sea Ice Parameters | Register
  • 1 February 2022 - Climate Data Records | Register


The courses are open and address a wide range of attendees, from service providers to  scientists and forecasters. Participants will have the opportunity to learn: 

      • which are the EUMETSAT and Copernicus free and open data.
      • where to access the data and where to find information about the data.
      • how to handle the data using the tools proposed.
The format of each short course is a 1-2 hour webinar on Zoom including a presentation and demonstration of data discovery and application. You will have the opportunity to interact with experts and ask questions. Some courses will include a follow-up  phase where you can explore the data on your own and get expert feedback. 

Certificates of participation may be awarded upon request. 
All sessions will be recorded.  

Past events:
  • 19 October 2021 - Gap Filling Ocean Data (statistical and machine learning methods) | Go to course 
  • 6 October 2021 - Machine Learning for Seamless Thunderstorm Nowcasting from Multiple Data Sources | Go to course 
  • 16 June 2021 A Climate Data Record of Soil moisture in the root zone | Go to course 
  • 31 May 2021 - EUMETSAT New Data Services for Data Centre Users - Accessing and Tailoring SEVIRI 1.5 Data | Go to course 
  • 19 May 2021 - Exploring the EUMETSAT Land-Surface Temperature Data Records | Go to course 
  • 12 May 2021 - Spot atmospheric convection from satellite: What satellite data is used in convection analysis | Go to course 
  • 14 April 2021 - The temperature of the sea surface | Go to course 
  • 17 March 2021 - How to build a case study – a demo session | Go to course 
  • 18 Febr 2021 - The ozone hole tour | Go to course
  • 3 Febr 2021 - Applications of R-Instat to analyse and validate satellite based climate time series Go to course
  • 20 Jan 2021 - Learn to use an R based toolbox to analyse climate time series - Basics | Go to course 
  • 9 Dec 2020 - What is a gridded dataset and how to create it ? A case study on pollutants before and after COVID lockdown with GOME-2 instrument | Go to course 
  • 25 Nov 2020 - The colour of the oceans | Go to course 
  • 10 Nov 2020 - The monthly weather briefing of EUMeTrain | Go to recording
  • 28 Oct 2020 - A climate data record of "sunshine", SARAH | Go to course 
  • 14 Oct 2020 - Summer(s) of fires: the 2019 wildfires in Australia | Go to course 
  • 6 Oct 2020 Satellite skills training online: a short introduction | Go to course 
  • 30 Sept 2020 - A light on heat: what radiation tells about soil, air and fire | Go to course 
  • 16 Sept 2020 - How high is the sea? A discovery of altimetry data | Go to course 


In the course we will learn some of the most popular machine learning algorithms applied to retrieval and classification of optical remote sensing images (Sentinel-3 OLCI) for Ocean Colour studies. 

with Ana Ruescas; Moderator: Mark Higgins (EUMETSAT)

4 November 2021, 12:00 UTC

This short course offers an introduction to the weather-related satellite data visualization and analysis using Jupyter Notebooks. We will show you how you can use the Python scripts to easily open and visualize the data and analyse the weather. In this course you will learn how to:

  • Access satellite data using Jupyter Notebooks
  • Visualize single channels and channel combinations (RGB products)
  • Analyse cloud types and basic weather patterns in visualized images

with Ivan Smiljanic; Moderator: Natasa Strelec Mahovic (EUMETSAT)

9 November 2021, 12:00 UTC

Similar to snow covered hills with its unique view, but also hidden dangers, winter weather for the operational meteorologists offers a unique concept to handle, quite a different view in the satellite imagery, and hidden hurdles when it comes to interpretation of that imagery. Join us for this session and you will hear satellite application experts talking about: 

  • Specifics of winter weather
  • Analysis of winter weather through satellite data  
  • Utility of the satellite data and products for winter season

with Ivan Smiljanic; Moderator: Natasa Strelec Mahovic (EUMETSAT)

24 November 2021; 12:00 UTC

This course is aimed at demystifying Earth Observation satellite data use through code. The course will focus on the flow that is used, regardless of programming language, to produce statistics or imagery from raw data files. We will also highlight resources that are available in multiple programming languages to further your exploration of coding for EO.

with Steffen Kothe (DWD), Danny Parsons; Co-instructors: Hayley Evers-King (EUMETSAT), Oliver Clements (PML); Moderator: Christine Traeger-Chatterjee

8 December 2021, 12:00 UTC


This is the first in the series of 3 Ocean and Sea Ice SAF (OSI SAF) webinars providing an overview of the OSI SAF products and their applications, explaining how they are processed and validated, what they can be used for, and how they can be used. New means for accessing the data will be highlighted, and some on-line demonstration will be included.

The webinar is aimed at both existing users of the OSI SAF products and those who are not familiar with the products. 

25 January 2022, 12:00 UTC


This is the second in the series of 3 Ocean and Sea Ice SAF (OSI SAF) webinars providing an overview of the OSI SAF products and their applications, explaining how they are processed and validated, what they can be used for, and how they can be used. New means for accessing the data will be highlighted, and some on-line demonstration will be included.

The webinar is aimed at both existing users of the OSI SAF products and those who are not familiar with the products. 

27 January 2022, 12:00 UTC


This is the third in the series of 3 Ocean and Sea Ice SAF (OSI SAF) webinars providing an overview of the OSI SAF products and their applications, explaining how they are processed and validated, what they can be used for, and how they can be used. New means for accessing the data will be highlighted, and some on-line demonstration will be included.

The webinar is aimed at both existing users of the OSI SAF products and those who are not familiar with the products. 

1 February 2022, 12:00 UTC




The ocean is a complex system with processes at various scales interacting among them, from thousands of kilometers down to less than 1 km. Satellite data offer a unique amount of information about the ocean surface, thanks to the high spatial and temporal resolution they provide. However, satellite sensors measuring at the visible and infrared wavebands are affected by the presence of clouds and have therefore a large amount of missing data (clouds cover about 75% of the Earth at any given time). In order to study these multi-scale oceanic processes it is therefore necessary to deal with this missing information. Data interpolation techniques are often used for that, and various approaches have been developed over time.

The GHER (GeoHydrodynamics and Environment Research) of the University of Liege in Belgium works on the development of interpolation techniques for satellite data. In this seminar we will present two approaches. We’ll start with DINEOF - Data Interpolating Empirical Orthogonal Functions- which is a data-driven technique using EOFs to infer missing information in satellite datasets. We will follow with a more recent development, DINCAE - Data Interpolating Convolutional AutoEncoder.

with Aida Alvera Azcarate; Moderator: Hayley Evers-King

19 October 2021, 11:00 UTC

Machine learning has recently been used for nowcasting weather phenomena in several studies and applications. One of these applications is thunderstorm nowcasting, on which several studies have already been published. However, these studies usually make use of only one data source and concentrate on a single thunderstorm hazard. In order to bring these methods to real-world applications, we are working to develop thunderstorm nowcasting methods that make use of multiple sources of data simultaneously and can be trained to create products for different hazards according to the needs of the end user.

with Jussi Leinonen (MeteoSwiss); Moderator: Mark Higgins (EUMETSAT)

6 October 2021, 11:00 UTC


We inform you on the availability of new and modern Data Services at EUMETSAT that you can already employ to access a selection of EUMETSAT data, including the MSG level1.5. 

The key new service for existing Data Centre users is the EUMETSAT Data Store. The Data Store and the associated Data Tailor Service provides users with a download and data tailoring service for online data which will eventually replace the ordering service from the Data Centre. Users can discover, apply customisation changes (format transformations, regional sub-setting, file aggregation, etc.) and download data. The service provides access through an online interface (GUI) and additionally for the first time also via Application Programming Interfaces (API). The service is currently in a pilot phase and is planned to go operational in July 2021.

For limited audience only. 

Environmental and weather prediction systems rely on an accurate representation of soil moisture (SM). The availability of moisture in the root zone of plants is critical and especially in recent years has become an issue in large areas of Europe, as a series of dry summers have been experienced.

As an H SAF partner, ECMWF is producing scatterometer-derived root zone SM. In this short course you will learn about the retrieval approach and the strengths and limitations of the climate data record. 

with David Fairbairn (ECMWF; H SAF) and Christine Traeger Chatterjee

16 June 2021, 12:00 UTC


What is Land Surface Temperature (LST)? How is it measured? What is it used for? Why are there two similar data records of LST offered in the EUMETSAT portfolio? Can we do climate analysis by combing the different LST data? These and more questions will be answered in this short course.

with Anke Duguay-Teztlaff (MeteoSwiss, CM SAF), Joao Martins (LSA SAF, IPMA) and Christine Traeger Chatterjee

19 May 2021, 12:00 UTC


Discover what satellite data is used in convection analysis and try yourself in a hands-on data exercise in a convective case.

with Natasa Strelec Mahovic and Ivan Smiljanic

12 May 2021, 12:00 UTC


Discover Global sea surface temperature data from the SLSTR instrument onboard the Sentinel-3 satellites, including data access, visualization and processing. Tools used in this short course will include CODA, SNAP, and Python Jupyter Notebooks.

with Bob Brewin, Lauren Biermann, Oliver Clements, and Christine Traeger Chatterjee

14 April 2021, 12:00 UTC


Have you ever done case study yourself? What is the case study anyway – is this a nice short story about the event that happened, supported by some scientific variables? Or this is research paper triggered by a certain event that did not go under public or scientific radar? Why and how experts produce case studies, and who needs them anyway?

In this short course webinar we will try to answer aforementioned questions and hint you about the tools and know-how to assist your own potential venture into case studies. 

with Ivan Smiljanic and Natasa Strelec Mahovic

17 March 2021, 12:00 UTC


This short course focuses on the ozone dataset from the GOME-2 instrument. We will discuss the basics of the stratospheric ozone science and the observational techniques. Then we will bring participants in working with datasets on an intuitive series of Notebooks to (1) familiarize with data and (2) get ready to make their own analysis and animations.

with Alessandra Cacciari, Julia Wagemann and Federico Fierli 

18 Febr 2021, 12:00 UTC


In this short course you will be introduced to R-Instat, its functionalities and how it can be used to compare satellite data with station data. R-Instat is a statistics software, which is very well designed to manage station data and compare and combine station data with satellite data.

Participants will be given time to play with R-Instat, check out the functionalities to compare station data with satellite data. Participants are also invited to join a feedback session on Monday, 8 February 2021.

with Danny Parsons, Steffen Kothe and Christine Träger-Chatterjee 

3 Febr 2021, 12:00 UTC


In this short course you will be introduced to the CM SAF R Toolbox and its functionalities. The CM SAF R Toolbox is a software based on R, specifically developed to analyse satellite based climate data records.

Information and support on how to install the CM SAF R Toolbox will be provided. Participants will be invited to play with the visualization and analysis functionalities provided in the software and to join also a feedback / Q&A session on Monday, 25 January 2021

with Christine Traeger Chatterjee, Steffen Kothe and Danny Parsons

20 Jan 2021, 12:00 UTC 


Download, plot and explore level 2 data and build a gridded dataset following robust methods using Jupyter Notebooks. The activity is structured into a webinar, self-paced work and a feedback session. 

with Alessandra Cacciari and Julia Wagemann

9 December 2020, 12:00 UTC

Discover Ocean and Land Colour data from the Instruments (OLCI) onboard the Sentinel-3 satellites, including data access, visualization and processing. Tools will include Python, Jupyter Notebooks & SNAP.

with Hayley Evers-King, Lauren Biermann and Oliver Clements

25 November 2020, 12:00 UTC