The MOOC Earth Observation for Drought Assessment and Monitoring will provide a basic training in Earth Observations to address the African EO research challenges.

Droughts can effectively be monitored from space as they show clear spatial and temporal patters. Droughts influence negatively the level of agricultural productivity, the sustainability of wetlands as well as the water resources availability for domestic and industrial use.

With the availability of long meteorological records and continuous monitoring of the Earths’ surface from space, a spatial and NRT assessment of phenomena related to drought can be carried out. The rapid developments of cloud-based technologies provide easy access to big EO-based data sets and analysis tools. EO can be used at a continental scale but also at a small scale for monitoring of e.g. small wetlands, water reservoirs and rain-fed agricultural fields. The Copernicus Global Land Service provides a wide set of bio-geophysical products of global land surface which closely relates to droughts.

The target audience comprises technical and academic professionals, as well as decision makers who would appreciate learning solutions offered by satellite-based data. (For this training It is advantageous to have some basic knowledge of EO).

In the MOOC the following topics will be covered:

MOOC overview
Introduction to drought monitoring
Copernicus Programme, Sentinel satellites – EO for Africa
Jupyter notebooks
EO software tools
Observing the water cycle from space
Drought-related EO data in the cloud
ET from space
Soil moisture dynamics from space
Drought indices
Crop yield forecasting from space
EO AFRICA R&D Facility