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European Space Agency (ESA) organises a series of summer schools on Monitoring of the Earth System to 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. Students have the opportunity to present their work during a poster session. The three best posters will receive an award from the European Meteorological Society (EMS). 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 previous programme, news or video.

The school 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. Participation is limited to a maximum of 60 students and is highly competitive. There is no fee for the school but students are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation cost (unfortunately, financial support is not available).

All enquiries should be addressed to eotraining@esa.int

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Global Observing Systems: Capabilities and applications of Earth Observation, physics of remote sensing measurement, concept of integrated Observing Systems of Systems.

Earth System Modelling: Basics of ocean, atmosphere, land and ice modelling, Numerical Weather Prediction, ensemble forecasting.

Data Assimilation: Theory of data assimilation techniques (e.g. optimal interpolation, variational methods, Kalman filter, ensemble filtering) and applications (e.g. re-analysis, inverse modelling, state estimation, control theory, design of optimal observing system, targeting observations).

Global Change: Observation of global change from space, use of Earth System model to understand, forecast and manage environmental issues.

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The 8th EO Summer School was held at ESA/ESRIN from 01 to 12 August 2016.

Applications are closed. Participants will be notified of acceptance in July.

Read about the success of the previous course in this news item.

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The EO Summer School preliminary programme is available here.

Printable versions of the Abstract Book and the Poster List are also available to download in PDF.

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Please visit the EO School 8 Lecturers page to see the list of lecturers for this year's EO Summer School.

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To join the EO Summer School mailing list please email us at eotraining@esa.int