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ESA Cryosphere Training Course 2018

27 November 2017

As part of the Earth Observation (EO) Science for Society, the European Space Agency (ESA) is organising the Cryosphere Remote Sensing Training Course 2018. This course, devoted to training the next generation of cryosphere scientists, will take place from 11 to 16 June 2018, just 1000 km away from the North Pole, in Longyearbyen, Svalbard.

During the 6-day course, 60 participants from all over Europe (and Canada) will gather at the northernmost institution for research and education in the world - the University Centre in Svalbard, UNIS - and take theory and practical classes lectured by Principal Investigators and Scientists from leading universities and research institutions.

A broad range of topics will be covered, providing an advanced understanding of theoretical principles, algorithms processing and data products as well as hands-on practice with tools and methods for cryosphere-focused satellite data.

Located halfway between Norway and the North Pole, and home to polar bears, Svalbard's rugged yet fragile landscape offers a unique setting for a cryosphere-related course and close contact to the heart of a relevant part of the infrastructure for Earth observation missions in low polar orbits due its favourable location for satellite communication (78° N).

Students will also have the opportunity to network and present their own work through a northern-lightning talk in a very special ice-breaking event. A boat trip to Tunabreen will also offer a unique opportunity to get a closer look at the polar landscape and to learn from researchers who conduct in-situ research and data collection.

Applications are open until 15 December and postgraduate-level, PhD students, post-doctoral research scientists and users are invited. Follow the latest news on the event on Twitter with #ESACTC18.

Application submission deadline: 15 December 2017

Svalbard Ground Station. Credit: ESA, Yves-Louis Desnos