School of GeoSciences

Edinburgh Earth Observatory (EEO) Seminars

A Seminar Series in GIS, Remote Sensing, and GeoInformatics organised by the Edinburgh Earth Observatory in conjunction with the AGI-Scotland

Next Seminar:

Friday 17th Nov 2017, 4.30pm

Dr. Lauren Biermann

Centre for Environment, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS)

Title: Building Bridges to Satellites: how the UK Government is encouraging uptake of remotely sensed data

Satellite Remote Sensing (RS) is not in its infancy, however, the UK Government has been cautious in integrating these data into policy and monitoring strategies. To address this, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) formally launched an Earth Observation Centre of Excellence (EOCoE) in October 2015, bringing RS scientists together to drive uptake of satellite data and deliver satellite-enabled solutions. In two years, the centre has delivered a number of key projects that have started to sustainably transform the way Defra operates. My talk will largely focus on three key marine examples, including development of near-shore water quality products using Sentinel-3 data, operational vessel detection and identification using Sentinel-1 radar imagery, and tracking of pelagic fish species in UK waters using a range of remotely-sensed earth observation data. My talk will also cover how improved communication through the EOCoE has allowed for rapid sharing of cross-cutting data, and introduce UK-GEOS, a new cross-departmental government EO service.

NB See Programme for all talks.

All talks held in Old Library, Geography, Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9XP except where noted.

Suggestions for particular speakers or topics can be sent to Owen.Macdonald@ed.ac.uk.