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EO Summer School 4

04-Aug - 14-Aug 2008

Frascati, Italy

The European Space Agency (ESA) organises a series of summer schools on Monitoring of the Earth System, which promote the exploitation of Earth observation (EO) data across disciplines, with a specific focus on their assimilation into Earth System models.

The two-week course, held in ESA-ESRIN (near Rome, Italy) during August (typically every two years), aims to provide students with an integrated end-to-end perspective going from measurement techniques to end-user applications. Courses include lectures covering issues related to Remote Sensing, Earth System Modelling and Data Assimilation as well as hands-on computing exercises on the processing of EO data. Keynote lectures on global change issues are also given to discuss the current state of the science of global change and its relationship to society in order to help students appreciate how their specific field fits into a broader scientific and political context. For more information, please see the programme.

The event is open to Early Career Scientists (i.e. Ph.D. students, young post-doctoral scientists) who are specialised in a variety of Earth Science disciplines and wish to expand and improve their knowledge and skills.

The fourth EO Summer School took place between 4 - 14 August 2008.


Peter Lemke (AWI)


Tony McNally (ECMWF)


Alan O'Neill (DARC)


Shaun Quegan (CTCD)


Bernard Pinty (JRC)


Thomas Kaminski (FASTOPT)


Samantha Lavender (UoP/ARGANS)


Kevin Trenberth (NCAR)


Dave Carlston (International Polar Year)

  • IPY scientific activities
  • IPY educational activities


Ana Maiques (Starlab)


Stefano Migliorini (DARC)


Henri Laur (ESA)


Computing Practicals

Data Assimilation Practicals

Stefano Migliorini (DARC)
Marek Wlasek (UK Met Office)
Joanne Walker (Oxford University)


Remote Sensing Tutorial (Bilko)

Val Byfield (NOC)
Steffen Dransfeld, Giuseppe Ottavianelli and Marco Lavalle (ESA)

  • Synergistic use of data from SAR, optical and other satellite sensors in oil spill monitoring
  • Synthetic Aperture Radar: Land applications tutorial
  • Eddies in the Western Indian Ocean: effects of the Somali Current and Indian Ocean Monsoon
  • From level 1 to level 3 data sets: Confidence flags, co-registration, gridding and creation of level 3 data products.
  • Sea surface temperature from AATSR