A Seminar Series in GIS, Remote Sensing, and GeoInformatics organised by the Edinburgh Earth Observatory in conjunction with the AGI-Scotland
Unless otherwise indicated, all talks are to be held in the Old Library at the Institute of Geography , University of Edinburgh, Drummond Street, Edinburgh.
Note: In order to better-accommodate professionals attending talks, seminars are now held at 4.30pm in the Old Library, Geography, University of Edinburgh, Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9XP, except where otherwise stated.
These are then followed by AGI Geo-Drinks in Teviot Library Bar, EH8 9AJ at 5.45 allowing plenty room for informal professional networking.
Dr. Vanessa Lawrence, CB
Title: Location: Its role in solving issues facing you, our nation and our World
Dr. Vanessa Lawrence CB, HonFREng, FRGS, FRICS, FCInstCES, FRSGS, CCMI, CGeog is working internationally as a senior advisor to governments, inter-governmental organisations including the World Bank and large private sector organisations.
In addition, she is a Director of Location International Ltd which provides strategic advice and full operational capacity globally, to the public and private sector, as to how to gain from improving their own use of location information to enhance their decision-making and to meet the ever changing needs of their customers and stakeholders.
Vanessa is a Non-Executive Director of the Satellite Applications Catapult whose focus is fostering innovation in the use of satellite data, the Honorary Colonel of 135 Geographic Squadron Royal Engineers, on the Advisory Group of the Urban Big Data Centre, a Trustee of the Winchester Science Centre and the Royal Geographical Society, Honorary Vice-President of the Geographical Association, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southampton and Visiting Professor at Kingston University and a Patron of the Cure Parkinson’s Trust and MapAction.
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.
Geospatial Technologist, Google
Title: Googling the Future of Spatial
Ordnance Survey Great Britain
Title: To follow
Title: To follow
Dr. Leif Isaksen
Lancaster University/Exeter University
Title: Pelagios: Linking Past and Future Spaces
Prof. Jamie Pearce
CRESH Research Group, University of Edinburgh
Title: To follow