UN/Austria Symposium 2023 Post-Symposium Capacity Building

Space for Climate Action Trainings

Registration is still open for some courses!


Following the 2023 UN/Austria Symposium on the theme of "Space for climate action: space applications and technologies supporting sustainability on Earth", UNOOSA is partnering with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), the Indian Space Research Organistion (ISRO), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Applied Remote Sensing Training Programme (NASA ARSET) and the South African Space Agency (SANSA) to provide a variety of training courses under three broad themes, (1) satellite navigation, (2) Earth Observation data processing, and (3) entrepreneurship. These online courses aim to raise awareness of how space applications support climate action and to enhance participants' capabilities to use them, as well as support budding entrepreneurs in developing a sustainable business plan around climate action.

The trainings are delivered by subject matter experts and are conducted exclusively online. Some trainings include demonstrations using open-source data and software. Some trainings consist of both theory and practical applications to consolidate the concepts learnt. By providing collaborative and interactive learning platforms, the trainings aim to connect participants from across the globe with experts and encourage exchange and flow of knowledge and ideas.

Target audience

These trainings are aimed at students and young professionals, especially those from developing countries. Nevertheless, anyone who is interested is welcome to participate. For more information regarding the prerequisites for each training, please refer to the detailed information below.


Thematic area 1) Satellite navigation

EUSPA: Galileo High Accuracy Service - General Overview [Introductory level] 
(English session) Wednesday, 20 September 2023, 13:00 - 14:00 UTC
(Spanish session) Wednesday, 20 September 2023, 14:15 - 15:15 UTC
This course provides an overview of the Galileo High Accuracy Service (HAS), including the service architecture, how to use HAS, and the HAS service roadmap. read more

Thematic area 2) Earth Observation data processing

2a) Webinars

The use of Earth Observation data and geospatial technology to support decision-making in local municipality areas [Introductory to intermediate level]
Wednesday, 27 September 2023, 08:00 - 13:00 UTC
This course introduces practical applications of EO and other geospatial data in spatial planning, disaster and natural resource management at a district of municipality level. The morning session introduces the basics of GIS and remote sensing. The afternoon session provides hands-on practical training on data visualization and analysis using QGIS. read more

Training on Use of Data from Copernicus Climate Change and Atmosphere Monitoring Services [Basic Python coding skills required]
Wednesday, 4 October 2023, 12:00 - 13:00 UTC
This course provides an introduction to the Copernicus Climate Change (C3S) and Atmosphere Monitoring Services (CAMS) followed by a practical demonstration on how to access the free data from both services. read more

Transforming EO data into building infrastructure data sets for modeling disasters and risks from climate change [Intermediate level]
3, 5 and 10 October 2023

(English session) 14:00 - 16:00 UTC
(Spanish session) 18:00 - 20:00 UTC
This course covers the basics of natural hazard risk modeling and exposure development with a focus on fusing data from multiple datasets expressly for the purposes of risk assessment. read more

2b) Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

Earth Observation for Climate Action [Introductory to intermediate level]
Self-paced MOOC, 15 September to 15 November 2023
This MOOC consists of a series of online lectures on the use of EO data for climate studies and demonstrations on the use of specific platforms, techniques and web portals for climate monitoring and modelling such as the Bhuvan/Bhoonidhi web portal, the NICES climate data web portal and Google Earth Engine. read more

Synthetic Aperture RADAR (SAR) MOOC: Winter-Water-Warming [Introductory level]
Self-paced MOOC
This MOOC offers an introduction to the research, development and utilization of radar remote sensing technology for mapping and environmental monitoring in Canada, in particular to meet the challenges of winter, water, and warming in a very large country. read more

Land in Focus [Introductory to intermediate level]
Self-paced MOOC
This MOOC consists of a series of online learning materials that will give you insights on the potential of remote sensing technologies for applications over land surfaces. You will learn to apply your theoretical knowledge to real-world case studies, on a variety of topics. read more

Thematic area 3) Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship [Introductory level]
Tuesday, 10 October 2023, 13:00 to 14:00 UTC
This course introduces the fundamentals of business planning, development and strategy, and provides guidance on how to pitch a venture in front of investors. read more


Registration is now open. Please click here to register for the courses offered by ECMWF, EUSPA and SANSA .

1. EUSPA: Galileo High Accuracy Service - General Overview
Registration deadline: 17 September

2. SANSA: The use of Earth Observation data and geospatial technology to support decision-making at local municipality areas
Registration deadline: 24 September

3. ECMWF: Training on Use of Data from Copernicus Climate Change and Atmosphere Monitoring Services
Registration deadline: 1 October

4. EUSPA: Entrepreneurship
Registration deadline: 7 October

Connection links to each webinar will be sent to your email address closer to the date of the training.

To participate in the CSA, ESA, ISRO/CSSTEAP and NASA ARSET courses, please register at their respective webpages.


Participation in the trainings is free of charge.

Training materials

Some training videos and materials may be available for viewing after the event has closed.


For additional information, please contact unoosa-events@un.org .

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