Series of online short courses 

We will resume our series of online short courses on data discovery for weather, oceanography, air quality and climate in September 2021. 

The courses are open and address a wide range of attendees, from service providers to young (and less young) 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:
  • 16 June 2021 A Climate Data Record of Soil moisture in the root zone | Go to course page
  • 31 May 2021 - EUMETSAT New Data Services for Data Centre Users - Accessing and Tailoring SEVIRI 1.5 Data | Go to course page
  • 19 May 2021 - Exploring the EUMETSAT Land-Surface Temperature Data Records | Go to course page
  • 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 

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

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. 

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

Details on the CM SAF SARAH climate data record (available since 1983), focusing on sunshine duration and surface solar radiation, incl. current applications and future developments. In an interactive session you will be able to explore the SARAH data record using the CMSAF R Toolbox and discuss the results.

with Jörg Trentmann, Uwe Pfeifroth, Steffen Kothe and Christine Träger-Chatterjee

28 October 2020, 12:00 UTC

Learn more about fire monitoring with satellites in general and the NRT Sentinel-3 SLSTR Fire Radiative Power (FRP) and Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD) data products in specific.

The course will be accompanied with a practical training where the data and three different examples of recent wildfire events will be introduced. The practical training is based on Jupyter notebooks.

with Federico Fierli, Julien Chimot and Julia Wagemann

Feedback session: 19 Oct 2020, 12:00 UTC

A framework for teaching skills (Merril, M. D (2002) for teaching satellite skills online. 
You will consider what activities may best suit your learning objectives drawing on examples from EUMETSAT training. The short course will consist of a webinar followed by a guided design process for those who have active courses to design. 

with Mark Higgins

6 October 2020, 13:00 UTC

A formula-free approach to remote sensing based on images from GOES and Meteosat satellites. How to twist radiance readings at the satellite into air temperatures and soil characteristics. Guided exercises on viewers will try to make you familiar with satellite data.

with Jose Prieto 

30 September 2020, 12:00 UTC

Discover the sea level data from the SRAL sensor onboard the Sentinel-3 satellite. We will cover where to get data and how to interpret the data to answer scientific questions in Python through the Jupyter Notebooks interface. We will also introduce the upcoming altimetry sensor on the Sentinel-6 mission.

with Vinca Rosmorduc and Olly Clements

16 September 2020, 12:00 UTC   

Get an overview on the climate data records available from the EUMETSAT Satellite Application Facilities, learn how to access them and gain first experiences on working with free and open data in the CM SAF - R -Toobox. Data and software developers will be available for questions and guidance.

20 May 2020

The course was offered in the context of EGU2020: Sharing Geoscience Online (#shareEGU20)


Learn about Copernicus data for Atmospheric Composition and learn how to develop your own workflows based on sample applications. The European Union Copernicus programme is open and free for everyone - whether from academic, government, or commercial backgrounds. The programme has an operational focus, with satellite constellations and services. Satellite data provides composition vital information on key atmospheric constituents at different spatial and temporal scales with a continuous improvements in observational spatial and temporal resolution, coverage and measured species as well as a constantly evolving added value products from the Copernicus Atmospheric Monitoring Services.

26 May 2020

The course was offered in the context of EGU2020: Sharing Geoscience Online (#shareEGU20)


This short course will guide attendess through the workflow of finding appropriate data, downloading the data and analysing the data.  Through the course we will make use of the WeKEO DIAS hosted processing system, Sentinel Applications Platform (SNAP) software, and Python programming language. 

19 May 2020

The course was offered in the context of EGU2020: Sharing Geoscience Online (#shareEGU20)