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EO Summer School 5

02-Aug - 12-Aug 2010

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 fifth EO Summer School took place between 2 - 13 August 2010.


Stephen Briggs (ESA)


Wolfgang Wagner (TU Wien)


Peter Rayner (UNIMELB)


David Lary (UTD)


Reiner Rummel (Institute for Astronomical and Physical Geodesy)


Pierre Gauthier (UQAM)


Iarla Kilbane-Dawe (AEA Technology)


Jean-Marie Beckers (GeoHydrodynamics and Environmental Research group)


Colin Challen (UK Parliament)

  • The Business of Politics
  • Politics and science - a marriage made in hell?
  • Politics and climate change


Gabriela Seiz (MeteoSwiss)


Niels Bormann (ECMWF)


Bernard Pinty (JRC)


Brian Kerridge (SSTD - Space Science and Technology Department Rutherford Appleton Laboratories)


Computing Practicals

Data Assimilation Practicals

Stefano Migliorini, Amos Lawless and Caroline Boess (DARC)
Maeva Doron (MEOM)

  • Effect of statistical analysis parameters.
  • 4D-Var and incremental 4D-Var
  • Ensemble and extended Kalman filters
  • Projects


Remote Sensing Tutorial

Val Byfield and David Poulter (NOC)
Linda Moser and Konstantina Rizopoulou (ESA)

  • Synthetic Aperture Radar: Land applications tutorial
  • Synergistic use of data from SAR, optical and other satellite sensors in oil spill monitoring
  • Eddies in the Western Indian Ocean: effects of the Somali Current and Indian Ocean Monsoon
  • Level 4 Sea surface temperature products using the Indian Ocean Dipole as an example
  • Level 2-4 Ocean Colour: issues with flagging, co-registration, and merging of data from several sensors (using Benguela as an example)