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    Welcome to the Training Course on

    The Use of Satellite Data for Climate Services in Europe

    Online Phase: 28 January - 8 February 2019

    Classroom Phase: 25 February - 1 March 2019, Krakow, Poland

    This 2 weeks online phase is designed for you to:

    • study the concept of satellite based climate monitoring
    • get an overview of the satellite based climate data we will be working with in the classroom
    • learn where an how to access/download these data
    • to prepare your laptop for the classroom by installing software tools will be working with in the classroom
    • to get an impression on these software tools by working through the tutorials and excercises provided
    • define the mini project you will work on during the classroom phase. This will be done in close collaboration with the course instructors.

    This is a self learning environment, which allows you to learn at your own speed! However, there are several life sessions where you can discuss questions with the instructors and your course mates. Feel free to join in! Besides that, you can use the course forum at any time to get in touch with course mates, instructors and discuss questions and comments.

    Most of the content provided in this online course is to read and to watch/listen. There are 8 active tasks/exercises you are expected to do during this online phase. They are highlighted in red.

    Besides these tasks you can check what you have learned about the concept of satellite based climate monitoring in the Quiz that is provided in section 8.

    After you have worked through the content of this online phase, you should be able to:

    • discuss why climate monitoring is important and why satellites play an increasing role
    • explain the difference between Environmental Data Records, Fundamental Data Records and Thematic Climate Data Records
    • browse through the catalogue of available data from the following SAF's: Climate Monitoring (CM SAF); Land Surface Application (LSA SAF) and Atmospheric Composition (AC SAF)
    • order and download CM SAF and LSA SAF and AC SAF  data
    • get help in case of questions on the CM SAF and LSA SAF and AC SAF  data
    • present the idea of your mini project, that you will be working on during the classroom phase

    Enjoy the online phase and use it to prepare yourself for the classroom - the better you prepare, the more you will get of the classroom phase!

    Please do not hesitate to contact the course instructors and/or use the course forum in case of questions.

    We are looking forward to working with you!

    Christine (course lead)

    Steffen (CM SAF and CM SAF R Toolbox expert)

    Carla and Célia (LSA SAF experts)

    Anu-Maija  (AC SAF expert)

    Roger and Danny (R-Instat experts)

    Federico (AC SAF and Climate Data Store expert)

     

  • CM SAF: Data Formats, Software Tools and Installation

    This section provides information on the data formats and software tools to work with CM SAF data. To best prepare for the classroom session and to save as much time for practical work as possible, please work through the content of this section carefully. Follow the instructions and install all software tools described here. If you need support from your local IT administrator (admin rights on the laptop you bring to the course, etc.), please contact this person before you come to the classroom. Software issue related to admin rights cannot be solved during the classroom phase!

    Please install the following software tools before coming to the classroom:

    Installation instructions and further information about these tools are provided below.

    Please use the forum if you have questions on the installation of the software. In case of issues with admin rights etc. regarding the laptop you will be using at the workshop, please contact your local administrator.

Climate Monitoring SAF DataCM SAF Excercise