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About the LearnEO! project

LeanEO! is an Earth observation education project funded by the European Space Agency. Its aim is to increase the understanding of satellite data from ESA missions and show how these can be used to tackle environmental problems in the real world.

The project will develop hands-on training resources for use primarily (but not exclusively) by teachers and students at upper high school to university level.

Why LearnEO?

Data from earth observation satellites are increasingly used to monitor the environment, understand variability and change, inform simulations and forecasts, manage natural resources, and provide support for humanitarian aid and the management of natural and man-made emergencies.

The benefits of earth observation are now familiar to a growing community of scientists and engineers, planners; natural resource managers, policy makers and industry leaders, but we still have a long way to go.

For society to benefit fully from its investment in satellite technologies, EO data must be accessible and familiar to a global community of competent users, who have the skills and understanding to use the observations in their own work. To achieve this goal requires considerable education effort. LeanEO! will contribute towards making this a reality.

What we hope to achieve

LeanEO! has two key objectives:

  1. Develop new training resources using data from different sensors on ESA satellites to address real-world problems across a wide variety of environmental themes.
  2. Stimulate and support the development of an EO education community willing to develop and share EO training resources in the future - beyond the life-span of LearnEO!

To achieve this we will

Providing resources for non-specialists

LearnEO! is comprehensive rather than specialist. Typical LearnEO! students have an interest in remote sensing, but have not yet started to specialise in a specific sensor technology or application area. LearnEO! resources may also be of interests to environmental science professionals who want to improve their ability to use remote sensing in their work, but who are not primarily remote sensing experts.

For this reason the hands-on activities lessons are based on the UNESCO Bilko image processing software, which supports a range of data formats from different sensors, and covers the main image processing routines. Bilko is developed specifically for remote sensing education. It is easy to use for beginners, yet sufficiently powerful to offer the main processing routines needed for a range of environmental applications.

Where more specialist software is required for advanced data analysis, LearnEO! will provide links to other free software from ESA or other providers.