Eumetsat’s Mooc Story Wrap-up: Monitoring Oceans from Space

Eumetsat’s Mooc Story Wrap-up: Monitoring Oceans from Space

24 Oct-4 Dec 2016 Play the youtube video

For five weeks, the Monitoring of Oceans from Space MOOC brought together experts from around the world to tell the story of how satellites monitor the oceans from space.

Designed around numerous high quality videos, more than 5,000 registered learners were given the opportunity to explore emerging technologies and learn from, and get in touch with satellite, environmental and ocean monitoring experts from EUMETSAT and its research partners, including Plymouth Marine Laboratory, the National Oceanography Centre, CLS, Mercator Ocean, and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The course explored key questions such as:

  • How do the oceans play a key role in the Earth’s climate system?
  • How do satellites help to monitor, quantify and preserve ocean biodiversity?
  • How can the public get involved in ocean science?


The course was timed to coincide with the availability of operational satellite data and products from the Sentinel-3A satellite, part of the EU’s flagship Copernicus Programme.

A second edition of the online course will run in spring 2017 and will be open to anyone who wants to learn more about Earth Observation (EO) and ocean monitoring from space. It is ideal for new potential EO marine data users, as well as existing professionals working in other areas of EO, oceanography, or environmental science.

Keep an eye on EUMETSAT’s website and YouTube channel for more information.