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.
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.
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.
This course is in collaboration with ESA Climate Change Initiative:
- Date: 2- 15 August, 2021
- Format: Blended, first week online (2 - 8 August) and second week on-campus (9 - 15 August)
Our summer school 2021 programme will follow soon. Stay tuned!