Calling all space enthusiasts, geography buffs, and tech-savvy learners! The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), in collaboration with Google Earth Engine, has launched a free and comprehensive Google Earth Certification Course in 2024. This is your chance to acquire valuable skills in Earth observation and geospatial analysis, directly from the experts at India’s premier space agency.
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About the ISRO
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is the national space agency of India. It operates as the primary research and development arm of the Department of Space (DoS), which is directly overseen by the Prime Minister of India while the Chairman of ISRO also acts as the executive of DoS. It is primarily responsible for performing tasks related to space-based operations, space exploration, international space cooperation and the development of related technologies.
ISRO is one of the six government space agencies in the world that possesses full launch capabilities, can deploy cryogenic engines, can launch extraterrestrial missions and operate a large fleet of artificial satellites. it is one of the four government space agencies to have soft landing (uncrewed) capabilities.
It was previously known as the Indian National Committee for Space Research (INCOSPAR), set up under Jawaharlal Nehru on the suggestions of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai in 1962 recognising the need for space research. INCOSPAR grew and became ISRO in 1969, within the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).
In 1972, the government of India set up a Space Commission and the DoS, bringing ISRO under it. The establishment of ISRO thus institutionalised space research activities in India. It has since been managed by DoS, which also governs various other institutions in India in the domain of astronomy and space technology
About the IIRS
Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) under the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Department of Space, Govt. of India is a premier Training and Educational Institute set up for developing trained
professionals in the field of Remote Sensing, Geoinformatics and GNSS Technology for Natural Resources, Environmental and Disaster Management. Formerly known as Indian Photo-interpretation Institute
(IPI), founded in 1966, the Institute boasts to be the first of its kind in entire South-East Asia.
While nurturing its primary endeavour to build capacity among the user community by training mid-career professionals, The institute has enhanced its capability and evolved many training and education programmes that are tuned to meet the requirements of various target groups, ranging from fresh graduates to policymakers including academia.
The candidates who want to participate in the course should be students of a final-year undergraduate course or postgraduate course (any year) and citizens of India.
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IIRS Outreach Programme
The IIRS outreach programme, which was started in 2007 with 12 universities/ institutions has now grown substantially to 3400+ network institutes. The beneficiaries of the programme may include:
Central/State/Private Universities & Academic Institutions
Central & State Government Departments
Forest Resource Professionals
State Forest Departments/Forest Training Academies
There is no course fee for attending this programme.
Overview of Google Earth Engine
Time Series Visualization of Optical Multispectral Data
Feature Extraction using Spectral Band Rationing.
Feature Extraction Using Machine Learning Algorithms.
Data Downloading and Uploading for area of interest-based
Awards of Google Earth Certification Course
IIRS received national awards for excellence in training for outreach and e-learning programmes during the 1st National Symposium on Excellence in Training conducted during April 11-12, 2015 in New Delhi by the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), Govt. of India in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
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What is the Google Earth Certification Course?
This online course, designed by Google and facilitated by ISRO, delves into the depths of Google Earth, a powerful geospatial platform. You’ll explore its functionalities, applications, and potential across various fields, gaining valuable skills in:
Remote sensing: Analyze satellite imagery and extract meaningful information.
Geospatial data analysis: Understand and interpret geospatial data for informed decision-making.
Mapping and visualization: Create compelling maps and visualizations to communicate insights effectively.
Storytelling with geospatial data: Craft engaging narratives using geospatial tools.
What are the learning outcomes?
Upon successful completion of the course, you will earn a Google Earth Certification, recognizing your proficiency in using the platform and its applications. This certification can add value to your academic profile, and professional resume, or simply demonstrate your acquired knowledge.
What are the Google Earth Certification course format and duration?
The course is delivered through a series of self-paced online modules, allowing you to learn at your own convenience. The estimated duration is around 40 hours, but you can progress at your own pace.