The two-week COSPAR Training and Capacity Building Course that will be held in Fortaleza (Brazil) during November aims at improving our understanding and observations of the Water Cycle (Over Land and the Ocean) from space. The course includes lectures covering issues related to Remote Sensing concepts, principles, methodologies, and applications, like remote sensing of soil moisture and ocean salinity, sea surface temperature, ocean colour, NDVI; surface energy balance and assimilation of remote sensing data and products in numerical models. Students will have the opportunity to present their work during a poster session. The three best posters will receive an award from FUNCEME .
The COSPAR Training and Capacity Building Course is open to young researchers (i.e. undergraduate (last year), M.Sc., and Ph.D. student scientists) who are specializing themselves in a variety of Earth Science disciplines and wish to expand and improve their knowledge and skills. Participation is limited to a maximum of 30 students. There is no fee for the course but students are expected to cover their own travel costs. The accommodation costs will be covered by the course. A limited amount of money will be available to facilitate participation in the course for some students really unable to participate, but accepted by the Scientific Committee.
The activities of this educational project are framed within the COSPAR Scientific Commission A on Space Studies of the Earth's Surface, Meteorology and Climate, and more specifically within Sub-Commissions A2 on Ocean Dynamics and Productivity and Sub-Commission A3 on Land Processes and Morphology.
COSPAR (Committee on Space Research), http://cosparhq.cnes.fr/About/about.htm) is an International organization whose objectives are to promote on an international level scientific research in space, with emphasis on the exchange of results, information and opinions, and to provide a forum, open to all scientists, for the discussion of problems that may affect scientific space research. These objectives are achieved through the organization of Scientific Assemblies, publications and other means.
The recent and successful end of ESA SMOS (Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity) Mission Commissioning Phase makes it timely and appropriate to dedicate special attention to the use and exploitation of the different SMOS land and ocean data and products During this first edition of the COSPAR Training and Capacity Building Course.
SMOS is a new ESA Earth Opportunity Mission with in the ESA Living Planet Programme whose launch was fully successful on 2nd November 2009.