Hydrometeorology is a border line science linking meteorology—the science of atmosphere—with hydrology—the science of water of the earth and earth’s atmosphere. This course will provide a planetary view of interactions among meteorology, hydrology and climate. The course will begin with focus on the water cycle and how water exists in liquid, solid and vapor phases, and how continuous movement of water take place within the surface subsurface-atmosphere. Additionally, the course addresses topics including cloud and precipitation formation, the mechanisms involved in extreme precipitation (convective precipitation, non-convective precipitation, ice, and snow) evapotranspiration, drought, and floods. These topics are further covered as related to local versus regional, versus global scales and how these processes impact human systems.

This course will introduce you to the topic of Earth System Dynamics. It provides an introduction to systems analysis and process that are involved in Earth Atmosphere, focusing on overview to Global Climate Datasets, impact assessment studies with the help of different models used in environmental sciences. Global environmental change (or global change) entails the systemic and cumulative consequences of humans and their activities on the Earth system. Systemic global change involves modification of global properties of the Earth system and opposes local and regional changes, which only through their cumulative effects obtain global significance. The effects of greenhouse gas emissions and the consequent climate change exemplify systemic global change. These more diffuse cumulative global changes are other widespread problems, such as groundwater depletion, deforestation, and species extinction. In the course ‘Earth System Dynamics’ you will be introduced to many aspects of Earth Systems from a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspective. Physical, biological, social and economic issues will be discussed and the main topics of the weeks are: introduction, drivers, modeling and scenarios, impacts, assessments and policy options. Most lectures will focus on general themes that set the scene and are relevant globally.

In this course, we shall discuss the topics with the key issues of each week.

  • We expect you to reproduce these key issues discussed in lectures and the literature and apply the newly acquired understanding on methodology to different examples of Earth Systems Dynamics.
  • Introduction to Environmental Systems Analysis
  • Drivers of Earth System Dynamics
  • Modeling and Scenarios of Earth System Dynamics
  • Impacts of Earth System Dynamics

Google Earth Engine (GEE) is a cloud based geospatial remote sensing processing platform, complete with an extensive public data catalog. It is available via a web-based JavaScript Application Program Interface (API) called the Code Editor. This platform is where users can write and execute scripts to share and repeat geospatial analysis and processing workflows, such as Satellite image interpretation, Satellite Image Pre-Processing (Subset, Terrain Correction etc.), mathematical operations and indices, land cover mapping and change assessment. In this course students will be introduced to and practice working in the Earth Engine Code Editor platform, explore some remote sensing programming concepts, and learn about Earth Engine data structures and methods, functions, algorithms, and develop own mapping products during a mini-project.


  • Introduction to the GEE , including the Code Editor
  • Explore basic JavaScript and Earth Engine programming concepts
  • Become familiar with a sample of basic geospatial applications in Earth Engine 
  • Introduce available resources for continued learning of Earth Engine concepts
  • Computations and visualization of satellite images