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Summer school: True Climate Change

Admission & participation info

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 the 2015 Paris agreement, countries of the United Nations have themselves committed to limit 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 mean for citizens locally?

Satellite observations of Essential Climate Variables (ECVs), such as temperature, soil moisture, and snow, provide a means to assess the 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 a participant of the CuriousU True Climate Change course, have the opportunity to be among the first to learn its functionality. 

Course content

The True Climate Change 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 analyze the impacts of extremes, such as floods, droughts, and heatwaves.

A challenge-based teaching approach is adopted where participants work in groups on a specific challenge:  Drought and Food Security. Hands-on lectures and exercises to explain key concepts, guest lectures by renowned climate scientists, and a visit to the Climate Studio of Museon (The Hague) are offered to frame the academic context and introduce the tools. 

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student can:

  • 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.

course schedule

NOTE: The CuriousU schedule is based on the CEST timezone. Besides the contact hours (in orange) depicted in the schedule below, the course includes self-study, unsupervised exercises, and individual assignments that can be completed in your own time! Next to the summer school course, you can also enjoy our social programme built around the courses.

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Opening CuriousU
Time:09:00 - 10:30
:Mon. 02-08

Today CuriousU officially starts, welcome!

Goodbye!
Time:09:30 - 20:00
:Sat. 14-08
Lecture & Exercise on Frequency analysis
Time:09:00 - 10:50
:Fri. 06-08

Follow online or pre-recorded lecturers, engage in a project or just self-study. Let´s see what the course leaders prepared for you.

Free day
Time:09:30 - 20:00
:Sat. 07-08

Enjoy your weekend and see you Monday!

Free day
Time:09:30 - 20:00
:Sun. 08-08

Enjoy your weekend and see you Monday!

Working out the assignment
Time:09:00 - 09:55
:Wed. 11-08

Follow online or pre-recorded lecturers, engage in a project or just self-study. Let´s see what the course leaders prepared for you.

Drought
Time:09:00 - 09:55
:Tue. 03-08

Follow this online guest lecturer on "drought".Let´s see what the course leaders prepared for you.

Working out the assignment
Time:09:00 - 09:55
:Tue. 10-08

Follow online or pre-recorded lecturers, engage in a project or just self-study. Let´s see what the course leaders prepared for you.

Lecture Climate Change
Time:11:10 - 12:05
:Mon. 02-08

Lecture: Climate Change

Introducing the CCI projects
Time:12:05 - 13:00
:Mon. 02-08

Boost your knowledge in a virtual class environment.

Online Farewell Ceremony
Time:13:30 - 15:30
:Fri. 13-08

This is it! We close off CuriousU 2021 summer school, you receive your certificate and say good bye to your new international friends.

Introducing the reading assignment on drought indices
Time:09:55 - 10:50
:Tue. 03-08

Q&A introduce the reading assignment on drought indices

Unsupervised exercise with CATE GUI
Time:09:55 - 10:50
:Wed. 04-08

Boost your knowledge in a virtual class environment.

Q &A exercise with CATE JNB
Time:12:05 - 13:00
:Thu. 05-08

Boost your knowledge in a virtual class environment.

Unsupervised exercise with CATE jupyter notebook
Time:11:10 - 12:05
:Thu. 05-08

Follow online or pre-recorded lecturers, engage in a project or just self-study. Let´s see what the course leaders prepared for you.

Q&A Exercise on frequency analysis
Time:11:10 - 12:05
:Fri. 06-08

Follow online or pre-recorded lecturers, engage in a project or just self-study. Let´s see what the course leaders prepared for you.

Unsupervised exercise with frequency analysis
Time:12:05 - 13:00
:Fri. 06-08

Boost your knowledge in a virtual class environment.

Q&A
Time:11:10 - 12:05
:Mon. 09-08

Follow online or pre-recorded lecturers, engage in a project or just self-study. Let´s see what the course leaders prepared for you.

Working out the assignment
Time:09:55 - 10:50
:Mon. 09-08

Boost your knowledge in a virtual class environment.

Working out the assignment
Time:12:05 - 13:00
:Mon. 09-08

Boost your knowledge in a virtual class environment.

Guest lecture on extreme climate events
Time:11:10 - 12:05
:Tue. 10-08

Follow online or pre-recorded lecturers, engage in a project or just self-study. Let´s see what the course leaders prepared for you.

Q&A
Time:09:55 - 10:50
:Tue. 10-08

Boost your knowledge in a virtual class environment.

Working out the assignment
Time:12:05 - 13:00
:Tue. 10-08

Boost your knowledge in a virtual class environment.

Virtual pre-recorded tour
Time:11:10 - 13:00
:Wed. 11-08
Q&A
Time:09:55 - 10:50
:Wed. 11-08

Boost your knowledge in a virtual class environment.

Q&A
Time:11:10 - 12:05
:Thu. 12-08

Follow online or pre-recorded lecturers, engage in a project or just self-study. Let´s see what the course leaders prepared for you.

Working out the assignment
Time:09:00 - 10:50
:Thu. 12-08

Follow online or pre-recorded lecturers, engage in a project or just self-study. Let´s see what the course leaders prepared for you.

Working out the assignment
Time:12:05 - 13:00
:Thu. 12-08

Boost your knowledge in a virtual class environment.

Evaluation
Time:12:05 - 13:00
:Fri. 13-08

Boost your knowledge in a virtual class environment.

Guest Lecture on Drought
Time:11:10 - 12:05
:Tue. 03-08
Unsupervised exercise with CATE GUI
Time:12:05 - 13:00
:Wed. 04-08

Boost your knowledge in a virtual class environment.

Q&A exercise with CATE GUI
Time:11:10 - 12:05
:Wed. 04-08

Follow online or pre-recorded lecturers, engage in a project or just self-study. Let´s see what the course leaders prepared for you.

Guided exercise with CATE GUI
Time:12:05 - 13:00
:Tue. 03-08
Q&A exercise with CATE GUI
Time:09:00 - 09:55
:Wed. 04-08

Follow online or pre-recorded lecturers, engage in a project or just self-study. Let´s see what the course leaders prepared for you.

Introducing the assignment
Time:09:00 - 09:55
:Mon. 09-08

Follow online or pre-recorded lecturers, engage in a project or just self-study. Let´s see what the course leaders prepared for you.

Guided exercise with CATE jupyter note book
Time:09:00 - 10:50
:Thu. 05-08

Follow online or pre-recorded lecturers, engage in a project or just self-study. Let´s see what the course leaders prepared for you.

Final Pitches
Time:09:00 - 12:05
:Fri. 13-08

This course is in collaboration with ESA Climate Change Initiative: 

Course leaders

dr.ir. S. Salama (Suhyb)
Associate Professor

Course details

  • Date: 2- 15 August, 2021
  • Format: Fully online

Want to know more?

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