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Monitoring Atmospheric Composition - new online training course

The composition of our atmosphere is vital for life. A new online training course will help you to find out how we keep track of it, and what we’re doing to protect it.

Produced by Imperative Space in collaboration with the EU, the Copernicus Atmosphere Service, EUMETSAT, ECMWF, the NCEO, the Universitat Bremen, and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the course is open for registration and starts online on 4th November 2018.

This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on “Monitoring Atmospheric Composition” starts on 5 November and will run for 5 weeks and will provide information on how in situ measurements, satellite observations and numerical modelling can be used to monitor atmospheric composition. The course is intended to be accessible to a wide audience and registration and participation are free.

Information about the course, including how to register, is available here

As part of the course, you will explore the critical threats affecting the atmosphere and its composition – and how these affect human health, climate change and the ecosystem.

You will also see how this all informs policy and international agreements, plus the extensive work needed to predict change and maintain air quality. An example of this is how scientists monitor atmospheric carbon dioxide – see the figure below.

Atmospheric carbon dioxide as observed by GOSAT between 2009-2015