Module: 15 credits
Department: Space and Climate Physics
The module provides an introduction to the current state-of-the-art in Global Monitoring of Environment and Security (which is the EU/ESA name for the Group on Earth Observations, GEO).
The aims of the module are:
- To define the objectives of a GMES system within the context of the GEOSS (Global Earth Observation System of Systems) and its nine societal benefit areas.
- To describe the scientific underpinning for many of these societal benefit areas, including improved weather forecasting, the monitoring of climate change and the monitoring and prediction of natural hazards.
- To investigate the needs for EO monitoring of human security concerned with transmigration of people, diseases and animals and what remote sensing tools and techniques exist to address these needs.
- To study the requirements for accurate calibration and validation of instruments to be able to address the needs of GMES, especially related to long-term monitoring.
- To describe the fundamental principles of data and system inter-operability and to explore the role of OGC protocols within GMES.
- To assess the progress of the GEOSS 10 year Implementation Plan in the context of international programmes.