Citizen Science: Sensing the World
University of Dundee
  • Start Date: 26 Mar, 2018
  • 2 weeks
  • Study Content: Videos


Learn about sensing, including how to use a soil sensor and how to monitor the changing climate, by joining the GROW Observatory.

Course Fee: Free
Certificate Cost: See Fees and Eligibility

Introduction

Introduction Video

Course Description

This course is made available through the eLearnAfrica and FutureLearn partnership.

Improve your soil and monitor the changing climate as a citizen scientist


Did you know satellites are constantly monitoring soil moisture, even in your garden? Monitoring the moisture in soil can help predict floods, fires and droughts.


On this course, you will learn about the ESA’s Sentinel-1 Missions, and how citizens can validate satellite data locally with sensors.


You’ll discover sensing, and become part of the GROW Citizen Observatory. You will collaborate with other growers and scientists to learn about soil sensors and make sense of the data to improve your growing practice.


Now is the time to make a difference! Join us and become a citizen scientist.


This course has been created for anyone interested in any of the following subjects: soil, climate, technology, satellites, food growing and the environment. You don’t need any special experience, however, it might be of particular interest to: small farmers, community and urban growers, gardeners, land managers and allotment growers as people interested in climate monitoring, sensing, social innovation and space science, technology enthusiasts and teachers in science and environment-related subjects. This course brings together people who love soil with people who love data.


You won’t need any specific equipment to participate in this course. This course will help you to learn more about soil sensors, so you may wish to try one out if you have one, but this is not required.


Certificate cost may vary. You will be redirected to the host page for cost and payment options.

University of Dundee

The University of Dundee is internationally recognised for the quality of its teaching and research and has a core mission to transform lives across society.

Dundee has particular strengths in life sciences and medical research. The College of Life Sciences at Dundee is one of the largest and most productive Life Sciences research institutes in Europe and has been recognised in the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Excellence with Impact Awards for ‘Greatest Delivery of Impact’.

The School of Medicine is among the top-rated in the UK and hosts research expanding from “the cell to the clinic to the community”.

The University is the central hub for a multi-million pound biotechnology sector in the east of Scotland, which now accounts for 16% of the local economy.

More than 17,000 students are enrolled at Dundee, helping make the city Scotland’s most student-friendly. With high-quality teaching, world-leading research, and a £200 million investment in a compact, friendly campus with an unrivalled position in the heart of the city centre, the University of Dundee has been rated number one in Scotland and in the UK Top 10 for the past five years in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey.

The University was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education in 2014 for the work of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, one of the world’s foremost institutions for the study and application of human anatomy, forensic human identification, disaster victim identification and forensic and medical art.

 

This institution is available on eLearnAfrica through partnership with FutureLearn.

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