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Event Series Event Series: NOAA CoastWatch Satellite Course

CoastWatch Training on Satellite Data for Sea Grant & Partners

January 18, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

satellite photo of the southeast US

The goal of the course is to familiarize NOAA/university researchers, Sea Grant professionals and agency/organization partners with different types of ocean satellite data, different tools, and teach participants how to use satellite data in their own research/outreach using their choice of software (R, python, ArcGIS/QGIS, Matlab).

To attend the course, register at https://bit.ly/NOAACoastWatchSatelliteCourse.

The course will cover :

  • remote sensing basics
  • example applications of satellite data
  • sea surface temperature
  • ocean color (chlorophyll, PAR, Kd490, ….)
  • altimetry (sea surface height, currents)
  • wind
  • salinity
  • water quality
  • sea ice
  • synthetic aperture radar
  • which dataset to choose
  • overview of different tools and platforms to access data
  • various tutorials: NetCDF data, Panoply, ERDDAP, R, Python, ArcGIS, qGIS

(Note: Some basic experience with at least one software is required. Given the length of the course, it will not be possible to teach people R or ArcGIS from scratch for example.)

The course will be a mix of video lectures, self-paced tutorials, live demos, live and forum discussions and “office hours”.

Participants will also work on a short personal project to better assimilate the course contents and leave the class with ready to use scripts adapted to your needs.

Live virtual class sessions will be once a week on Wednesdays 3-5pm EST, plus optional office hours from Jan. 18th to Feb. 15th. You can expect to spend several hours a week on your own to go over self-paced materials or work on your project. Instructors will be available during the week to answer questions or help troubleshoot, on demand.

The last session will be a 2-3h project presentation day.


January 18, 2023
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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