New open online course explores artificial intelligence for Earth observation

By Copernicus Programme

Applying artificial intelligence in Earth observation can help manage large datasets, derive new insights and generate new products and services.

To introduce participants to the Copernicus Programme (and its wealth of Earth observation data), as well as to AI and machine learning, four organisations partnered to developed an open online course titled “AI for Earth Monitoring”.

Course structure and materials

The first week of the course serves as an introduction to Copernicus data and services. It is followed by a week dedicated to AI and machine learning techniques that will then be put into practice in four subsequent thematical weeks covering oceans, the atmosphere, terrestrial and climate data.

The course consists of video interviews with experts and companies to give participants an overview of the latest advances and techniques in machine learning and Earth observation and monitoring.

There is also a hands-on element with the inclusion of a series of specially developed Jupyter notebooks that will guide participants through working with Copernicus data and machine learning algorithms. The notebooks and accompanying tutorials are hosted on the Copernicus WEkEO platform, which provides free access to all Copernicus environmental data.

Registration and details

Hosted on the FutureLearn platform, the course will run for one year starting on 18 October 2021, and can be completed in six weeks (3 to 4 hours of study a week). The course is free, with the option to receive a certificate upon completion at a fee of €25.

The course is funded by the European Commission’s Copernicus Programme and has been jointly developed by EUMETSAT, ECMWF, Mercator Ocean International and the EEA.

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