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8th Earth Observation Summer School 2016

 August 1, 2016 - August 12, 2016


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 eighth edition of the series took place from 1st to 12th August 2016 and was titled “8th EO Summer School on Earth System Monitoring & Modelling . A total of 63 young researchers (Ph.D. students and young post-docs) attended the event.

The course addressed issues related to remote sensing, Earth system modelling and data assimilation. The topics included urban areas, atmospheric composition, surface temperature, oceanography, land surface deformation,  climate and ecosystem modelling, open source software and citizen generated content, among others.

The programme also included hands-on computing practicals and poster sessions.



  • Maria Brovelli (Politecnico di Milano)
  • Nektarios Chrysoulakis (FORTH)
  • Heather Leson (Qatar Computing Research Institute)
  • Tim Wright (Leeds University)
  • Angela Benedetti (ECMWF)
  • Bertrand Chapron (Ifremer)
  • Eberhard Parlow (University of Basel)
  • Jean-Philippe Gastellu-Etchegorry (CESBIO)
  • Lorenzo Bruzzone (University of Trento)
  • Antonello Provenzale (CNR)
  • Amos Lawless (University of Reading)
  • Michel Van Roozendael (BIRA-IASB)



  • Zina Mitraka (FORTH)
  • Andrea Minchella (Satellite Applications Catapult)
  • Laure Boudinaud (ESA)
  • Val Byfield (University of Southampton)
  • Michael Foumelis (RSAC c/o ESA)
  • Chris Stewart (RSAC c/o ESA)
  • Jose Gomez (University College London)
  • Nicola Pounder (Assimila)
  • Adam El-Said (University of Reading)
  • Eleni Tzortzi (University of Hamburg)
  • Phil Browne (University of Reading)
  • Konstantina Rizopoulou (University of Southampton)


Access here below the full programme and training material (both theory and practicals).