Climate Change Science and Monitoring from Space
To provide an introduction to climate change science, the latest findings (2013-2014) from the International Panel on Climate Change, and how satellite remote sensing can be used to monitor both climate variability and climate change
To discuss the key impacts of climate change, with a focus on extreme weather/flooding, agriculture, and satellite remote sensing applications.
- Introduction – Course Goals, Content
- Climate System Overview – This lecture provides a history of climate change, with a focus on the last 100 years. Topics included are the earth’s energy balance, the radiation budget, and temperature.
- Atmosphere Today – Global atmospheric composition, types of pollutants, and greenhouse gases will be discussed. Horizontal and vertical temperature, and the Hydrology Cycle.
- Climate Variability and Change – Natural versus anthropogenic factors will be discussed.
- Introduction to Satellite Remote Sensing and Climate System Modeling – Overview of satellites and instruments used to monitor the environment, and how climate modeling works.
- Monitoring the Climate with Remote Sensing and In-situ Observations – This is primarily a hands on activity where course attendees will have the opportunity to work with web tools and produce maps for their region of interest for temperature, CO2, and precipitation from NOAA and NASA satellites and in-situ observations.
- International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – Latest climate change science and modeling of future climate scenarios. The focus will be the current (2013-2014) IPCC report. Past reports will be discussed briefly.
- Climate Change Impact – Overview of how climate change is likely to impact earth systems.
- Climate Variability/Change and Weather Extremes – Discussion on how climate change will likely impact weather, with a focus on weather extremes and flooding.
- Climate Change and Weather Extremes from the IPCC Scenarios – A discussion of future projections of extreme weather from the most recent IPCC report.
- Future Climate Projections – This is a hands-on activity on publicly available data on future climate projections, for selected regions across the globe
- Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources and Agriculture – A closer look at climate change impacts on agriculture.
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Dr. Ana I. Prados is a member at Zafra, LLC, which provides consulting services in science and policy for environmental management. She is also a Research Assistant Professor at the Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology, University of Maryland Baltimore County. She holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry and a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has 12 years experience in the application of satellite remote sensing to air pollution monitoring. Dr. Prados currently manages the Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET) for the NASA Applied Sciences Program, where she develops courses on the application of satellite imagery to environmental decision-making activities related to water resources, disaster, and air quality management. Other areas of expertise include environmental policy making in the context of water resources management and climate change, air quality policy, program/project evaluation, and communicating scientific information to the public.
Dr. Amita Mehta is a Research Assistant Professor in the NASA- University of Maryland Baltimore County Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (since May 2000). Dr. Mehta obtained her M.Sc. in Physics from Gujarat University, India in 1982, and her Ph.D. in Meteorology from Florida State University in 1991. After completion of her Ph. D., Dr. Mehta worked as a research scientist in the Sounder Research Team (SRT) at Goddard Space Flight Center until August 2001. Since then Dr. Mehta has worked in the mesoscale Atmospheric Processes Branch as a research scientist, and she is an affiliated assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, UMBC. Dr. Mehta has a wide range expertise including satellite remote sensing of geophysical parameters and their analysis for understanding weather and climate variability, radiative transfer modeling, and hierarchy of atmospheric modeling analysis. Since 2011, Dr. Mehta has been a member of NASA’s ARSET program where she teaches remote sensing applications for water resources and disaster management.
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