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Earth observation - Big data for climate change

    • 400 EUR - 800 EUR

An intensive five-day Earth Observation big data for climate change course, aimed at increasing the capacities of practitioners to show and to explain the potential of the Earth Observation framework for specific applications related to climate change. The training is addressed to all those who are interested in creating interesting applications using satellite and meteorological data and have at least basic programming skills.

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Participants

The training is dedicated for:

  • Climate-KIC partners,
  • Universities,
  • Incubators,
  • Start-ups,
  • Public administration,
  • NGO agencies,
  • Commercial entities,
  • SMEs,
  • Professionals,
  • Engineers and innovators,
  • Change-makers,
  • Entrepreneurs,
  • Institutions, organizations from the sector i.e. environment, ICT, agriculture, energy, forestry, crisis management, logistics, infrastructure, Insurance, tourism,
  • a company dedicated to providing industry standards' based IT solutions
  • and many others.

However the Attendants should be comfortable using a computer and willing to learn how to explore Earth observation data through coding. We invite all interested who have basic programming skills.

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Agenda
Day 1 - 27th May 2019
Introduction and practical information about the Copernicus programme and its possibilities (MEEO)
Day 2 - 28th May 2019
A practical approach to climate challenges and access to Earth Observation data (MEEO)
Day 3 - 29th May 2019
Introduction to meteorological data and WeatherBox Platform (WeatherForce)
Day 4 - 30th May 2019
Practical use of WeatherBox platform to create modules for EO applications (WeatherForce)
Day 5 - 31th May 2019
How to build a simple interactive application, examples (WeatherForce)
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Description

Course Location

Brain Embassy, SpaceHub, Postepu 15, 02-676 Warsaw, Poland

 

City Description

Warsaw – is the capital and largest city of Poland. The metropolis stands on the Vistula River in east-central Poland. Warsaw is one of Europe's most dynamic metropolitan cities. The city is a significant centre of research and development, Business process outsourcing, Information technology outsourcing, as well as of the Polish media industry. The city is the seat of the President, Prime Minister, Sejm and Senate. The historical center of Warsaw was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1980.

Practical Information

Buses: 189, 401, 402, 504

Tram: 17, 18, 31

Railway station: connection with Central Warsaw (20 minutes) and Chopin Airport (5 minutes)

Metro: M1 (10 minutes by bus)

500 m to Galeria Mokotów

Accomodation

  1. Hampton by Hilton Warsaw Mokotow 
    Postępu 7, 02-676 Warsaw

  2. Airport Hotel Okęcie 
    Komitetu Obrony Robotników 24, 02-148 Warsaw

  3. Sangate Hotel Airport 
    Komitetu Obrony Robotników 32, 02-148 Warsaw

  4. Sound Garden Hotel
    Żwirki i Wigury 18, 02-092 Warsaw

 

About - Short Description

An intensive five-day Earth Observation big data for climate change course, aimed at increasing the capacities of practitioners to show and to explain the potential of the Earth Observation framework for specific applications related to climate change. The training is addressed to all those who are interested in creating interesting applications using satellite and meteorological data and have at least basic programming skills.

Course Objective

Course Objective

The objectives of the course is to show and to explain the potential of the Earth Observation framework for specific applications related to climate change.

Through training, we want to encourage all those interested in the subject of climate change, how you can obtain the necessary data, process it, and how you can use it when writing your own applications.

This will not be typical theoretical training. At each stage, participants will gain practical knowledge about the use of data and solutions to specific problems that we encounter on a daily basis. It is enough to have basic programming skills.

The participants will be able to transfer the knowledge acquired during the course to their students, employees, programmers, etc. both for training and practical purposes.

What we offer:

At the end of the training, the attendants will:

  • know the potential use of space data for climate processing
  • know the potential use of meteorological data for climate processing
  • know which data and tools could be used for data processing
  • be able to write simple interactive applications using satellite data for climate change
  • know how to use the WeatherBox platform to work with EO and meteo data
  • know how to use the programming environment to create applications
  • face a practical approach to the challenges currently facing climate change and the possibilities of solving them.

Additionally :

Each participant will receive:

  • training materials and
  • a personal certificate of completion of the international course

Participants

Participants

The training is dedicated for:

  • Climate-KIC partners,
  • Universities,
  • Incubators,
  • Start-ups,
  • Public administration,
  • NGO agencies,
  • Commercial entities,
  • SMEs,
  • Professionals,
  • Engineers and innovators,
  • Change-makers,
  • Entrepreneurs,
  • Institutions, organizations from the sector i.e. environment, ICT, agriculture, energy, forestry, crisis management, logistics, infrastructure, Insurance, tourism,
  • a company dedicated to providing industry standards' based IT solutions
  • and many others.

However the Attendants should be comfortable using a computer and willing to learn how to explore Earth observation data through coding. We invite all interested who have basic programming skills.

Agenda

Day 1 - 27th May 2019
Introduction and practical information about the Copernicus programme and its possibilities (MEEO)

 

 

09:00 – 16:30

(CET)

Topic : Introduction and practical information about the Copernicus programme and its possibilities (MEEO)

Morning session:

-          introducing participants to the subject of training,

-          presentation of experts,

-          interactive session with participants regarding their fields of activity, expectations.

-          Training tools and methods

Afternoon session:

-          general introduction of Copernicus program

-          Copernicus ecosystem maps

-          some examples about operational application build on Copernicus services.

Day 2 - 28th May 2019
A practical approach to climate challenges and access to Earth Observation data (MEEO)

 

 

09:00 – 16:30 (CET)

Topic : A practical approach to climate challenges and access to Earth Observation data (MEEO)

Morning session:

-          recap of the concepts explained the day before

-          continue the practical session about the data. What EO data means, limits, formats, constraints and benefits.

-          introduce the challenge dealing with agricultural applications. Irrigation, food security, livestock management, insurance, crop yield prediction, ... are sub-themes within agriculture that could be tackled by the participants.

Afternoon session:

-          Practical session focuses on tools to access, download and process the data.

Day 3 - 29th May 2019
Introduction to meteorological data and WeatherBox Platform (WeatherForce)

 

 

09:00 – 16:30 (CET)

Topic : A practical approach to climate challenges and appropriate data usage (MEEO) and Introduction and practical information about meteorological data and WeatherBox Platform (WeatherForce)

Morning session:

-          brainstorming session about specific climate challenges. Together with the participants we will be thinking about possible solutions and types of work flow with single steps like find the data, check if the data suit the needs and the requirements, think to the processing steps needed, etc.

Afternoon session:

During the afternoon session participants will get knowledge about the meteorological data, where you can find them, in what format and how you can use them as well you will be focus on WeatherBox platform.

WeatherForce introduce the platform and give a basic introduction to the programming environment. We learn how to use the main interfaces provided by Jupyter: file browser, notebook, terminal and text editor.

We get familiar with basic Python programming constructs:

• lists and dictionaries

• variables and functions

• objects and methods

• working with files and directories

Day 4 - 30th May 2019
Practical use of WeatherBox platform to create modules for EO applications (WeatherForce)

 

 

09:00 – 16:30

(CET)

Topic : Practical use of WeatherBox platform to create modules for EO applications (WeatherForce)

Morning session:

WeatherForce introduce Python libraries that are useful for data science in general:

• manage multi-dimensional data arrays with NumPy

• plot data with Matplotlib

• draw static maps with Cartopy

• create interactive maps with ipyleaflet

Afternoon session:

WeatherForce introduce the NetCDF format to access:

• climate modeling data

• satellite data

We start with the low-level netCDF4 library and then we introduce xarray and show how it:

• provides a rich, high-level interface to manipulate data

• allows efficient usage of computing resources by leveraging multi-core parallelism

We then use libraries introduced the day before to plot charts and maps.

Day 5 - 31th May 2019
How to build a simple interactive application, examples (WeatherForce)

09:00 – 16:30

(CET)

Topic : How to build a simple interactive application, examples (WeatherForce)

Morning session:

Based on knowledge acquired during the previous 4 days, based on partial modules, codes we build a simple interactive application. This application will use the ipywigets framework and allow to tweak plotting parameters without having to modify the code.

Afternoon session:

-          continuation of building interactive applications

-          If time permits during the afternoon session, participants could be focused on the presentation of the solutions

-          recap all the training course.

Coaches & Expert

Marco Folegani

Marco Folegani – is owner and co-founder of MEEO srl and SISTEMA GmbH, whose core business is focused on Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Application development and Implementation. For the Italian company he managed different roles: senior analyst in remote sensing, software developer, technical manager and proposal writer. Presently he has the roles of project manager, technical manager and personnel recruiter.

He is an expert in the field of quantitative analysis and information technology (data handling skills; quantitative data analysis and statistics; computer programming, systems design and implementation, algorithm implementation). Critical thinking (problem solving; logical reasoning; evidenced-based arguments) as well as communicating ideas and insights (structuring the presentation of knowledge; teaching skills; e-learning skills; documenting, summarising, reporting and reflecting on progress, proposal writing)

Alex Marandon

Alex Marandon – Alex is an experienced developer who has been using Python since 2003 and has been building software more specifically for the earth science field since 2012. In the past couple of years, he has also been teaching the Python ecosystem to developers and data scientists working in various fields.

Paweł Kwiatkowski

Paweł Kwiatkowski – He is a Project Manager and Technical Consultant at Kapitech. He actively participated in the EO ClimLab project as well as he is responsible for the coordination and implementation of European projects (H2020, ESA) in the fields of satellite technologies and spatial information. Responsible for the organization of climate and satellite hackathons like Climathon 2017 and 2018, Copernicus Hackathon. He implements projects that take up the subject of climate change.

Partner Organizations

eit Climate-KIC

Climate-KIC is Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership, working together to address the challenge of climate change. It drives innovation in climate change through creative partnerships large and small, local and global, between the private, public and academic sectors. All Climate-KIC partners bring their industry experience to the community and are connected through the centres across Europe.

Kapitech

Kapitech is a Polish engineering company, founded in 2014, specialized in innovation management in the space business and consulting. The company aims is to increase a level of competitiveness of the local entities with the support of territory development through implementation of innovative technological projects dedicated to space industry. The offered services comprise strategic consultancy in space, support in bid management, strengthen entities’ market shares and others. In 2016 Kapitech together with Astri Polska has become the official Copernicus Relays in Poland.

Meteorological and Environmental Earth Observation (MEEO)

Meteorological and Environmental Earth Observation (MEEO), founded in 2004 in Italy, with the aim to develop and commercialize products and services within the Earth Observation, is a privately-held company devoted to the development and implementation of products and services based on remote sensing of the Earth-Atmosphere system.

MEEO is able to provide a wide range of services and products “ready” (off the shelf) based on analysis of multispectral, multisensor and multitemporal satellite data for environmental monitoring, land management and agriculture.

Fees & Registration

Course Fee: EUR 800 (incl. VAT)

Course Fee for Climate-KIC partners, public institutions, Climate-KIC alumni and NGOs: EUR 400 (incl. VAT). Evidence required.

 

For further enquiries please contact:  Pawel Kwiatkowski pkwiatkowski@kapitech.pl

Participation can be cancelled free of charge until four weeks before the course. Fees already paid will be reimbursed. 50 % of course fees are payable in case of cancellation between four and one week before the course. Already paid fees will be reimbursed accordingly. Full fees apply after cancellation less than one week before the course.

Your right of withdrawal within 14 days does not apply if (i) the course is fully completed within 14 days of purchase; (ii) you have agreed to full completion of the course within 14 days; and (iii) you have explicitly waived your legal right to withdrawal.

Climate-KIC reserves the right to cancel a face-to-face course because of insufficient demand or low participant number (up to 10 days before the planned course date) or for any other important reason for which Climate-KIC or partners are not responsible (e.g. sudden illness of trainer, Act of God). Of course, fees already paid will be reimbursed. Further liability or compensation claims which do not concern injury to life, body or health are excluded, except in cases of intent or gross negligence on Climate-KIC part. Please note that this also applies for any hotels and flight/train tickets you may have booked.

Deadlines

Please note that spots are limited and applications will be assessed as they come in. The deadline for application is 22nd of May 2018.