• GMES & Africa and Copernicus Marine Earth Observation

    This is the online phase for the GMES&Africa and Copernicus Marine Earth Observation Training Course. 

    This training is co-organised by the MarCoSouth GMES&Africa consortia and EUMETSAT in collaboration with other GMES&Africa partners and guest lecturers.

    The MarCOSouth project aims to maintain, further develop and provide a sustainable platform for local, institutional, human and technical capabilities in the African countries  through the development of services focused on sustainable socio-economic development, empowering a wide range of users in the public and private sectors through the application of regionally-optimised satellite observations and model based forecasts in African marine and coastal domains.

    Through Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) and Africa, the Africa Marine and Coastal Operations projects will contribute to the implementation of the African Space Policy and Strategy (ASPS) through application of world-leading satellite sensors, e.g. the European Sentinel series, with innovative and regionally optimised products. Examples of ASPS objectives addressed are: developing indigenous infrastructure and capabilities that service an African market; provisioning regionally appropriate services and products; ensuring all levels of government are able to access data through a centralised portal.

    The goal of this workshop is to strengthen your capacities to develop Earth Observation products, services and tools that promote sustainable management of marine resources, improve marine governance, and stimulate the growth of the blue economy in Africa..The online phase will introduce you to the Copernicus Marine Data Stream (CMDS), providing you with the background knowledge of the Copernicus programme, satellites and instrumentation, data access and formats, tools and software, necessary to begin working with this data for marine applications .The aims of this training course (both the online and classroom phases) are to help you:

    • Understand the concepts around Earth Observation across the value chain;
    • Learn the underlying principals of marine remote sensing, how to access / download data and products, and how to work with various open source tools; 
    • Develop and deliver a 'mini project' so you are able to gain all the skills that are directly applicable to your research / work needs.
    This online phase will be followed by a classroom phase in Zanzibar, Tanzania from the 12th - 20th November (applications are closed).


  • Getting Started with the course

    This online training phase will provide essential overview material to read / watch, further optional material which you may choose to look at (depending on your own interests), short quizzes, and important activities such as downloading and installing software, and trying to access data. The final topic will focus on preparation for the classroom phase, where we will ask you to propose your mini project ideas. For those without specific applications in mind - don't worry - we will also provide some ideas for projects that you can work on to learn more about the data and it's applications.

    Please take some time to look through the logistics information below. Here you will find all the essential steps on how to complete the online phase, so that you arrive suitably prepared for the classroom phase in Zanzibar!

    We invite (and encourage) you all to use the discussion forum to introduce yourselves and share your expectations for this course (what you are hoping to learn/use Copernicus data for).

    There will be further discussion forums associated with the different topics, and you are invited to post your comments and questions. The training team will be glad to answer your questions as best as we can during the course. As new users of the Copernicus data, this is also a great opportunity for us to get feedback from you about the data, access to it, and how we can improve these services to help you to best use the Copernicus marine data for your applications.

    Some tips to help you get the most out of the course: 

    • The training team are there to help you - if you feel lost, just get in touch and we'll help you get back on track!
    • Share any of your questions / problems - honestly, it is very likely that others will be stuck in the same places / with the same questions.
    • Have fun, be curious, and keep talking to us! The training team learns as much from you as you learn from them, so you are encouraged to share your positive and negative experiences, ensuring we can keep improving this course for future learners.

    Asante sana
GMES and Africa - Background