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ESA Training Course on Arctic Methane and Permafrost 2024
Svalbard Science Centre, Norway

 September 9 - September 14

The European Space Agency (ESA) is organising an Earth Observation (EO) training course in collaboration with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System, SIOS.

The course will take place from 9-14 September 2024 at the Svalbard Science Centre in Svalbard, Norway.

The training is designed to promote and disseminate EO data and information-based solutions focussing on Arctic Methane and Permafrost. The programme will provide theoretical information followed by practical exercises and featured the use of Satellite data from different missions together with airborne and ground-based data together with process modelling and artificial intelligence.

The course will be held for researchers, students, PhD students and young professionals who use EO technology within their research or work and want to improve their knowledge of remote sensing. In total 24 students can attend the summer school.


  • Introduction to the ESA NASA Arctic Methane & Permafrost challenge
  • Arctic ecosystem science
  • SAR & optical data focusing on permafrost regions
  • Active & passive remote sensing of the atmosphere
  • Synthesing Remote sensing, modelling and in situ observations
  • Arctic Process Modelling & Artificial Intelligence
  • Science Communication

The language of the course is English. Registration to the course is free. Participation is limited and subject to a selection process.

Required level of pre-existing knowledge in EO:
Basic skills in both remote sensing and Arctic processes.

Accommodation including breakfast is pre-arranged and covered by the organisers from Sunday to Sunday. Costs for course materials, tea and coffee breaks are also covered by the organizers.
Individual travel expenses and additional expenses not mentioned above are the responsibility of the participants.

Applications are open from 01
 May to 03 June 2024.
Registration link

The successful applicants will be notified by 17 June, 2024. Please keep in mind that the course has a limited capacity.

Logistics: For information regarding the venue place, support with logistics booking and registration please contact:

At the end of the course, participants will be given an attendance certificate.

Access here the Draft_Programme_AMPAC Summer School in pdf


Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands


NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System, SIOS