A brief guide to making the most of the course materials

Using this course

How to use this course

Making the most of the course materials


A MOOC is a 'massive open online course' which is made available, often free of charge, to a large number of people via the internet. MOOCs typically use a mixture of videos, text and quizzes, and sometimes provide a forum for discussion and interaction with fellow learners. This website offers a slightly more simplified version of the Monitoring the Oceans from Space MOOC, enabling participants to access and download all of the core videos from the original course, and read the text and view external links from each topic. The videos are available here on a continuous basis, and can be enjoyed at your own pace.


The course consists of five themed 'weeks', each of which is made up of several sub-topics. To start the course, go to the Course overview page and begin working your way through each week. If you prefer, you can jump straight to topics of your choice.


The core videos are labeled as 'topic' videos. In addition we’ve included extra insights from some of our experts. The 'Oceans Extras’ videos provide additional insights from our key experts and the 'Data Shorts’ videos offer a brief overview of data types from our lead educator Dr Mark Higgins.


Throughout the course, we have provided a range of optional further reading, links, interactive activities and additional resources to help consolidate your learning. Here is a summary of what is available:


  • 'Optional further reading'  - links to external websites at the bottom of each video page.


  • Explore the data’ - This links through to the EUMETSAT Oceans MOOC Data Viewer specially created for this course. Using the viewer you can explore a selection of data relevant to the themes and topics in this course, including some of the latest Copernicus data from Sentinel 3. You can also use the time slider to view previous data. Additional information about the data is also included on the app.


  • 'View featured satellites on the satellite tracking app’ – The list of satellites mentioned in each video links through to an interactive map showing the current location of the satellites. You can find additional information and further links for each satellite on the app.


  • View featured imagery, animations and external links’– Below the text on each video page, you'll find an image gallery containing images and data featured in the videos.


Weekly interactive exercises


  • At the end of each week, we have included a guided exercise, using interactive apps available on other websites, to help you become more familiar with looking at and working with EO datasets. You will be guided through the process of searching for, comparing and drawing conclusions from data relevant to some of the topics covered in that week.



You can watch the topic videos in your browser or download them using the links provided, and a transcript of each of the main videos is also provided. (In some cases, you may need to resize your browser or scroll down to see the full frame. You can also view the video in a smaller window by clicking the symbol in the bottom right corner of the video).


Buttons are provided under each video to help you navigate back to the course overview page, or subsequent topics.


Additional content, information and features from the original course may be added to this website in the future.




Course developed for EUMETSAT in support of the Copernicus Programme


Course developed by Imperative Space