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7th Earth Observation Summer School 2014

 August 4, 2014 - August 14, 2014


European Space Agency (ESA) organises a series of summer schools on Monitoring of the Earth System to promote the exploitation of Earth Observation EO data across disciplines, with a specific focus on their assimilation into Earth System models. The Summer Schools last for two-week and are held in ESA/ESRIN (near Rome, Italy).

The seventh edition of the series took place from 4th to 14th August 2014 and was titled “7th EO Summer School on Earth System Monitoring & Modelling . A total of 72 young researchers (Ph.D. students and young post-docs) from 23 countries attended the event.

The course addressed issues related to remote sensing, Earth system modelling and data assimilation, as well as the societal and business applications of Earth observation data. It provided participants with an integrated end-to-end perspective going from measurement techniques to end-user applications.

A broad spectrum of spectrum of topics were addressed, mainly related to cryosphere, oceanography, atmosphere, land surface and natural disasters: greenhouse gas observations from space, modelling of ground deformation after earthquakes, land surface hydrology, food production in a changing climate and remote sensing of sea ice, among others.

The programme also included hands-on computing practicals and poster sessions, as well as keynote lectures to help students appreciate how their specific field fits into a broader scientific and political context.



  • Michael Buchwitz (University of Bremen)
  • Annett Bartsch (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich)
  • Alan O’Neill (University of Reading)
  • Pierre Briole (CNRS)
  • Ron Kwok (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
  • Shubha Sathyendranath (Plymouth Marine Laboratory)
  • Ana Iglesias Picazo (Polytechnic University of Madrid)
  • Sean Healy (ECMWF)
  • David Lary (University of Texas at Dallas)
  • Claude Duguay (University of Waterloo)
  • Iarla Kilbane-Dawe (AEA)
  • John Remedios (University of Leicester)



  • Valborg Byfield (National Oceanography Centre)
  • Melanie Ades (University of Reading)
  • David Poulter (Pelamis Scientific Software Ltd)
  • Polly Smith (University of Reading)
  • Andrea Minchella (RSAC C/O ESA/ESRIN)
  • Fabrizio Ramoino (SERCO C/O ESA/ESRIN)
  • Phil Browne (University of Reading)
  • Javier Amezcua (University of Reading)


Access here below the full programme.