Welcome to Week 5 of Earth Observation from Space: The Optical View – the final week of the course. We hope you enjoyed Week 4, which looked in depth at a range of ways in which EO is used to monitor rapid changes, natural disasters and humanitarian issues.
Week 5 - ‘Future technology and working with optical EO data’ - will look at how optical EO data can be processed, accessed and used, providing you with an overview of how to work with and apply EO data. It will also explore emerging trends and future EO data products and services.
In this week we will have fewer tests and quizzes but will focus more on ‘hands on’ activities guided by the video tutorials and we have provided links to a number of EO data apps you can work with directly.
If you haven’t started the course yet, it’s not too late; you can make a start now, working at your own pace. Remember you will still be able to access all of the course material after the course ends.
We hope you will also be able to contribute to the discussions during the course, and let us know any feedback or questions you may have. As always, our course educators will aim to answer some questions during the week, but we will also provide a summary of their responses to some of the most interesting questions and common themes at the end of each week.
The summary of educator responses from Week 4 can now be found in Step 4.20.
Don’t forget you can also post comments and thoughts outside the course using the hashtag #FLearthobservation.
Finally, as some learners will benefit from being able to document their participation on this course, we’d like to remind you that you will have the opportunity to purchase a Certificate of Achievement at the end of the course. You might find this useful for providing evidence of informal Continuing Professional Development (CPD), commitment to your career, or of your awareness of the issues in this subject.
Dr. Mat Disney,
Reader in Remote Sensing
Dept. of Geography, UCL and NERC National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO)