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PSLV-C42 launching platform. Image: ISRO.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched two Earth observation satellites on 16 September from Sriharikota where the Satish Dhawan Space Center is located. NovaSAR S1-4, which were developed in and will be operated from the United Kingdom, will provide Earth observation data, including for... read more

Publishing Date: 21/09/2018
Satellite image of Cape Town, South Africa (Image: NASA)

Last 16 of July the UK Space Agency (UKSA) and the South African Space Agency (SANSA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to increase collaboration in scientific projects related to space.

Both institutions will share infrastructure and knowledge in fields including applications for weather monitoring, climate change and satellite information. Areas covered in this document include making UKSA satellite data accessible to SADC users and SANSA being access point for NovaSar data in South Africa.

"I am delighted to sign... read more

Publishing Date: 28/07/2015
Great Britain and Ireland satellite picture (Image: ESA)

The British Geological Survey (BGS) and Bluesky mapping company have reached an agreement so that a set of BGS's map layers will be available for purchase on Bluesky’s website. These geological and geohazard maps will include eight layers with high resolution aerial images, detailed elevation models and Ordnance Survey mapping. The Geological map layers from BGS comprise both the 1:10,000 scale and 1:50,000 scale DigMapGB digital geological maps of Great Britain.

These new tools will facilitate natural... read more

Publishing Date: 02/07/2015
UK Environment Agency LiDAR data covering 60% of England and Wales to be freely available (Image: NASA/GSFC)

The UK Environment Agency (EA) will make its LiDAR data sets freely available to all users from September 2015.

Until now the EA’s accurate elevation data covering approximately 60 per cent of England and Wales was only accessible to selected non-commercial entities. The LiDAR technique that is used for environmental and land-use modelling, flood monitoring, asset management and... read more

Publishing Date: 19/06/2015
Satellite image of UAE by DubaiSat-1 (Image: EIAST)

Deimos Space UK and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in the UAE have joined in a year-long project to get more valuable data from their satellites DubaiSat and Deimos.

As an article on Arabian Aerospace online news service reported, the “Smart Application for Feature extraction and 3D modelling using high resolution satellite Imagery” (SAFIY) project will use... read more

Publishing Date: 03/06/2015
Data from the sensors are made available via a web-based interface (Image: ESA)

The European Space Agency (ESA) is working together with the University of Nottingham from United Kingdom, to measure in real time potential movements in large structures, taking as model the Forth Road Bridge in Scotland.

The team has used satellite navigation sensors that can detect movements as small as 1 cm. These measurements could help to decide if a bridge should be closed in case of extreme... read more

Publishing Date: 18/05/2015
The Engage2015 conference brought together professionals from the earth observation field and decision makers worldwide (Image: DigitalGlobe)

DigitalGlobe organised this week, 27 to 29 April, the ENGAGE 2015 conference in London. It  focused on the importance of geospatial information and tools to help overcome challenges.

This event brought together professionals from the earth observation field and representatives of some of the world’s most eminent organisations across energy, mining, environment, agriculture, global development organisations and location based services,.

This two-day forum included industry-focused panel discussions, innovation talks, case study demonstrations and workshops related to the topic “... read more

Publishing Date: 30/04/2015
Satellite image of Lake Balaton (Image: Viktor Tóth)

Satellite technology allows to assess the quality of water on Earth through the visualization of pollution levels otherwise invisible to the human eye, as a recent study shows.

An international team of researchers from the University of Leicester, the Hungarian Academy of Science and industrial partners, has used the Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) instrument hosted on the ENVISAT satellite to measure pollution levels in lakes. These methods were not available for lakes until now due to the complex optical environments defined by a mix of different natural substances in the water.

The research focuses on Lake Balaton in Hungary, a popular tourist area... read more

Publishing Date: 05/03/2015
TechDemoSat-1 View of Earth

On 8 July 2014, the UK’s TechDemoSat-1 (TDS-1) manufactured by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) launched from Baikonur in Kazakhstan began capturing video moments after its release from the Russian Soyuz -2 rocket.

The video captured by the platform's cameras is said to be the first by a wholly British made spacecraft incorporating low cost “off the shelf” components. SSTL envisions similar low cost cameras to be used monitoring mobile satellite systems and deployable structures on future satellites.

"In the future, we see such cameras becoming a standard on spacecraft so that you can see precisely what's happening," explained Luis Gomes, director of... read more

Publishing Date: 12/08/2014
Screenshot of an App presented: Siaga Banjir (Jakarta Flood Alert)

Code for Resilience is a global initiative in which, during a year-long period, technologists have been developing mobile applications to increase the availability of locally relevant technologies that can strengthen community resilience to disasters. The initiative is supported by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFRDD), the World Bank Group, and Code for Japan.

Over 1,... read more

Publishing Date: 14/07/2014
Inmarsat Global Tracking Satellite

In response to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 the London-based UK satellite operator Inmarsat announced the firm is ready to offer a free basic service tracking commercial airlines around the world. The announcement came ahead of a conference hosted by the International Civil Aviation Organization ICAO held on 12-13 May 2014 in Montreal, Canada.  

“Our Equipment is on 90% of the worlds wide-body jets already. This is an immediate fix for the industry at no cost to... read more

Publishing Date: 14/05/2014
Satellite image of UK and Ireland

Teamsurv, an innovative project funded from the UK European Satellite Navigation Competition as well as from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme, wants to introduce crowd source mapping to every vessel in and around the UK. The project aims to help create better charts of coastal waters, by logging depth and position data whilst they are at sea, and uploading the data to the web for processing and display.

For water transport the information of depth is crucial. Technology now allows every vessel to gather up-to-date information and to share it with other vessels. The information will consist of GPS coordinates and depth sounder... read more

Publishing Date: 19/02/2014
River Thames by Wallingford, Oxfordshire flooded

The International Charter Space and Major Disasters was activated because of ongoing heavy storms have caused flooding across the UK. One person has been reported killed and more than 300 properties flooded so far.

Flooding is expected alongside the big rivers – Thames, Severn and Stour. Roads and train services have been disrupted.

The Environment Agency has issued over 200 flood alerts as of yesterday and more rains are being forecasted in the southeast and west of England over the next couple of days. Around 200000 properties have been protected by existing flood defences and further measures are taken to mitigate the losses.

The International Charter will provide satellite-based maps and images of the affected area in... read more

Publishing Date: 07/01/2014
Between the 5 and 6 December 2013 a powerful storm is forecast to hit the region

On 4 December 2013, the International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” was activated, as requested by CCS, due to flood risk in the eastern coast of the United Kingdom. Between the 5 and 6 December 2013 a powerful storm was forecast to hit the region and cause widespread flooding along the coast, affecting as many as 3000 homes. The same storm that brought to Scotland winds of 100 mph, was expected to bring strong winds and high tides in the eastern coast of UK.

In order to prepare the population for the storm’s impact, the Environment Agency of England and Wales – Project Manager of the Charter activation – issued over 150 flood alerts across the country. Even when the full impact of the storm could not yet be predicted, residents were also urged to avoid the shore due to the risk posed by powerful waves.

On December 6, two days after the activation of the Charter, thousands of people have had to evacuate their homes due to the expected storm. The eastern coast of... read more

Publishing Date: 06/12/2013

Britain is to establish a new rapid response network from top UK-based businesses and charities to respond to major international crises, such as famine, floods and earthquakes, International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell announced today. The network, called the Rapid Response Facility, will mobilise life-saving support in the critical hours following a humanitarian disaster. It is the first time a British Government has brought together the power of the... read more

Publishing Date: 08/03/2012

The UK government is to kick-start an innovative project to fly radar satellites around the Earth, with an initial investment of £21m.

Radar spacecraft can see the planet's surface in all weathers, day and night.

It is hoped that a series of satellites could eventually be launched, enabling any place on Earth to be imaged inside 24 hours - a powerful capability.

The radar money is part of a £200m boost for science announced by the Chancellor in his Autumn Statement.

George Osborne's investment will be matched by industry.

Radar is one of the most useful tools in Earth observation because of its ability to track objects and events on the ground even when there is thick cloud.

The project being backed... read more

Publishing Date: 29/11/2011

They call it battling ghosts: The incredibly tricky task of using satellites to track the invisible airborne pollutants that determine the air quality and health of our major cities. But as concerns mount over global warming, scientists say existing space technology has now reached its limits in this battle -- unable to measure how emissions are being cut in the urban centers that most people now live in. Now a new generation of orbiting sensors capable of mapping these wraith-like chemicals at city level is being built in a laboratory in central England, a development that will give scientists a new tool in the fight to cut pollution.

Roland Leigh, a climate change technology... read more

Publishing Date: 22/08/2011

The use of satellite images to monitor the after effects of natural disasters is seen as a crucial step in aiding long-term recovery efforts. Researchers at the University of Cambridge, partnering with Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd. and ImageCat Inc., have proposed a systematic process to monitor and evaluate disaster... read more

Publishing Date: 04/08/2011

The University of Leicester (UK) is going to launch a "Centre of Excellence in Earth Observation Research Training" with the aim of teaching and training young researchers to use the latest satellite technologies to tackle environmental issues. The centre is supported by the "Initial Operations Network for Earth Observation Research Training" (GIONET) project and funded by the European Commission within the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and the Marie Curie Programme.

GIONET project seeks to develop new and better methods for research, for addressing... read more

Publishing Date: 26/01/2011


SMOS 2020 logo. Image: ESA

This symposium will explore address the use of a decade of SMOS (Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity) data for climate research. Many processes, especially related to climate, occur on temporal and spatial scales that are well beyond the lifetime of an individual mission. Ten years of SMOS data are hence a valuable long-term consistent... read more

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International Disaster Response Expo (IDR) tackles some of the most challenging threats to our nations whether man made or natural disasters. It is the most important event dedicated to humanitarian aid and disaster relief. With a highly focused audience uniting in London to drive innovation and help support development programmes and... read more

On this 3-day course, you will learn the concept and practice of reducing disaster risks through systematically analysing and managing the causal factors of disasters. The course examines reducing exposure to hazards, lessening of people and property, wisely managing land and the environment, and improving... read more

This course will provide those involved in disaster risk reduction with a clear understanding of the challenging dynamics of designing policies, mobilising resources and leveraging technology to reduce the risks and effects of disasters.

Interactive learning will support participants’ understanding of key issues in disaster risk reduction and strategic planning, such as monitoring risks, effective resourcing and coordinating fair and even delivery. By applying strategic planning tools throughout the training, participants will leave equipped to design and implement comprehensive plans that... read more

GEO Business is the largest geospatial event in the UK designed for everyone involved in the gathering, storing, processing and delivery of geospatial information. Launched in 2014, the annual geospatial show has grown year on year and is now firmly established as the must-attend event in the industry attracting over 2500 people from more than 50 countries.

The conference will be focused on Earth Observation science, technology and applications Into the Future. The programme will include exhibitions and poster sessions, a school conference (7th September), plus plenary and parallel sessions.

The NCEO, CEOI and RSPSoc are hosting the UK National Earth Observation Conference from 4-7 September at Birmingham University, with the topic “Earth Observation into the future”. The aim is to deliver a conference which attracts a significant gathering of the UK EO community across research, government and industry. We have involved the Earth Observation community in planning the content of the conference, and designed sessions to encompass all aspects of Earth Observation – science, technology,... read more


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