From Nov 4 – 8, 2019, the first joint European Space Agency (ESA) – European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) – Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) training course on Atmospheric Composition with a focus on Air Quality took place in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (ACT2019). The course was co-organized with Babeş-Bolyai University (UBB), Cluj.
This course is part of a new series of dedicated joint training courses on atmospheric composition. Forty two early career scientists and service providers in the area of atmospheric pollution data have joined the course. Fifteen remote sensing and scientific experts from all over Europe have been supporting the training by giving dedicated lectures and providing practical training.
More specifically the training was centred around topics like:
- Effects of air quality on human health
- Policy implications
- Air quality measurements from satellites
- Air quality measurements from non-satellite platforms
- Data quality, calibration and validation
- Software and programming targeted on air quality applications.
Next to formal lectures and hands-on practical sessions, students could meet the lecturers also in round tables to allow a more in depth discussion on subjects of their interest. Towards the end of the course, the students were asked to prepare a short project and present their results.