Worldwide, climate has become an everyday News item. If it were from Wildfires in Australia, Heat-waves across Europe, Flooding in Dubai to Famine in Southern Africa.
Via 2015 Paris agreement, countries of the United Nations have themselves committed to limit the Global Warming to 1.5 oC. Yet, concrete actions remain under debate mostly driven by skepticism and uncertainty on the magnitude of the problem. Indeed what does 1.5oC warming of our planet actually mean for citizens locally?
Satellite observations of Essential Climate Variables (ECVs), such as temperature, soil moisture and snow, provide a means to assess to state of local climates. The European Space Agency (ESA) will make available this ability to society via the Climate Change Initiative Knowledge Exchange (CCI-KE) project. You, as participant of the CuriousU Thru Climate course, have the opportunity to be among the first to learn its functionality.
The Thru Climate will provide participants access to state-of-the-art global observation data sets and scientifically sound tools, enabling them to monitor our climate, understand the driving mechanism and analyse of the impacts of extremes, such as floods, droughts and heat waves.
A challenge-based teaching approach is adopted where participants work in groups on a specific challenge of their choosing, examples are Drought, Food Security and Water Quality. Experiments driven lectures to explain key concepts, guest lectures by renown climate scientists and a visit to the Climate Studio of Museon (The Hague) are offered to frame the academic context and introduce the tools.
Upon completion of this course, the student is able to:
- Understand the climate and essential climate variables (ECVs)
- Use the CCI toolbox and find ECVs that are relevant for climate and a specific process in system earth climate
- Create and communicate maps, time series and trends of ECVs using the CCI toolbox
- Work in a group and teach peers in a collaborative approach.