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Monitoring Anthropogenic CO2 Emissions with Copernicus logo. Image: Copernicus

The “Monitoring anthropogenic CO2 emissions with Copernicus” workshop will discuss policy aspects in the context of the European Green Deal and the Paris Agreement. It will present the state of play of the CO2 initiative, address challenges related to the need of in situ measurements, and review progress and opportunities related to the international context and partnerships.

Through the CO2 Monitoring and Verification Support (MVS), the Copernicus programme can help fight climate change drivers, as well as assist policy makers and the scientific community by monitoring and verifying anthropogenic CO2 emissions.

EO4GEO logo. Image: EO4GEO

EO4GEO aims to bridge the skills gap between the supply and demand of education and training in the space/geospatial sectors, fostering the uptake and integration of space/geospatial data and services in a broad range of application domains. 

The event includes sessions on:

  • Introduction to Copernicus and Services (with COVID-19 examples)
  • The role of Earth Observation in emergency situations
  • NO2 Air pollution monitoring 
  • Three case studies on how satellite data combined with other data is valued for agriculture, nature conservation and monitoring of forest for detection of fire and diseases
  • The role of EO in emergency situations
  • Maritime Spatial Planning. 
Webinar Introductorio: Un Vistazo a Cómo la NASA Mide la Contaminación del Aire logo. Image: NASA

¿Le gustaría saber cómo acceder y visualizar imágenes satelitales de la NASA? La reciente disminución de la contaminación atmosférica a nivel mundial debido al bajón económico ha capturado la atención del mundo entero y recibido mucha cobertura mediática. Inspirándose en ello, esta serie de dos webinars imparte conocimiento fundamental para novatos y sirve de curso de repaso para los demás. Ud. aprenderá cuáles son los contaminantes que se pueden medir desde el espacio, cómo los satélites hacen estas mediciones, lo que se debe hacer y no se debe hacer al momento de interpretar datos satelitales y cómo descargar y crear sus propias visualizaciones. 

Objetivos de Aprendizaje:

  • Al finalizar esta capacitación, los/las participantes podrán:
  • Nombrar los contaminantes que pueden ser observados por satélites de la NASA
  • Encontrar y descargar imágenes para NO2 y aerosoles/partículas
  • Describir las capacidades y limitaciones de las... read more
Introductory Webinar: An Inside Look at how NASA Measures Air Pollution logo. Image: NASA
Participants will learn which pollutants can be measured from space, how satellites make these measurements, the do’s and don’ts in interpreting satellite data, and how to download and create your own visualizations.
Learning Objectives
By the end of this training, attendees will be able to:
  • List the pollutants that can be observed by NASA satellites
  • Find and download imagery for NO2 and aerosols/particles
  • Describe the capabilities and limitations of NASA NO2 and aerosol measurements
Air quality monitoring with Sentinel-5p. Image: RUS

During this webinar, you will be introduced to Sentinel-5p data and learn how to process the data using the BEAT software. We will demonstrate how using basic analysis, Sentinel-5p data can be used to monitor air quality at regional and global scale.

The webinar is structured as follow:

  • Study area
  • Remote sensing background
  • Introduction to Sentinel-5P
  • RUS service
  • Exercise


RUS Training Session Online logo. Image: RUS

The training will focus on using the BEAT Open Toolbox to process Sentinel-5P data for different trace gas and aerosol in the atmosphere. Attendees will also gain knowledge on Sentinel-5P products and use the data to create world maps of the pollution. They will follow polluting events (such as rain-forest fires, pipeline emissions) with the daily measurement and global coverage of Sentinel-5P. Eventually special focus will be given on quantifying the pollution in a city during distinct periods of the year.

Participants will access a Virtual Machine from their own laptop, to exploit the open-source toolboxes available in the RUS environment and download and process Sentinel-5P data.

RUS Webinar – Pollution monitoring over Italy with Sentinel-5P. Image: RUS

During this webinar, participants will learn how to access the RUS environment allowing to download, process, analyse and visualize the free data acquired by the Copernicus satellite and you will be introduced to Sentinel-5P data, especially Level 2 Products. Participants will then discuss the structure of the netCDF files used to distribute the data and we will explore them using the well-known Python library xarray. In addition, participants will learn how to generate Level 3 products using HARP for a multi-temporal evaluation of NO2. The analysis will focus on Northern Italy, where NO2 emissions drastically dropped since the beginning of March 2020, as a result of Italy’s lockdown due to Covid-19, leading to a slump of the industrial activity.

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Republic of Korea are working together on a global satellite constellation of three space-based instruments that could track global pollution on an hourly basis. These air quality satellites will measure pollutants, including ozone, nitrogen dioxide, formaldehyde and tiny atmospheric particles called aerosols in order to enhance our understanding of air quality and air pollution. To date, air quality satellites have collected data only once a day. These three new instruments will provide hourly, highly detailed and near-real-time data that will improve air quality science and forecasting around the world, in particular around the most densely populated areas of the Northern Hemisphere. 

Collecting data hourly will allow to capture pollution that appears episodically, like rush-hour traffic or a power plant that switches on to meet peak power demands, as well... read more

Publishing date: 30/03/2020


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