Monitoring Atmospheric Composition

Dr Rosemary Munro

Atmospheric Composition Mission Scientist, EUMETSAT

Course Description

The composition of our planet’s atmosphere is a delicate balance - even the slightest changes could be catastrophic.

Join EUMETSAT and the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service/ECMWF to discover the space, air and ground-based technologies we use to monitor and forecast the atmosphere.

You’ll explore the critical threats affecting the atmosphere and its composition - and how these affect human health, climate change and the ecosystem.

You’ll also see how this all informs policy and international agreements, plus the extensive work needed to predict change and maintain air quality.

You can currently access this course via FutureLearn, using the 'Take this course' button below. A new, open-access version of this course on the Imperative MOOCs platform will be available here in the near future.

Learning Outcomes
  • Explore how we observe and measure the atmosphere with satellites, ground-based and other forms of in-situ measurements
  • Investigate how atmospheric data is used in policy and decision-making, in a range of arenas, in conjunction with models
  • Understand the importance of satellite observations and other forms of measurements for atmospheric monitoring
  • Recognise the importance of the data for monitoring long-range transportation of pollutants in the atmosphere

Who is the course for?

This course would suit policy / decision makers, journalists, educators, business owners, and students. It may also appeal to a curious, general interest audience, or professionals who possess some experience in the subject.

(This course was also previously available via the FutureLearn platform here)

Dr Rosemary Munro

Atmospheric Composition Mission Scientist, EUMETSAT

Dr Mark Parrington

Senior Scientist, ECMWF

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