Space and satellite technology
Our innovative research in satellite observation and data modelling is making a difference from helping local environments and economies to informing national and international policies. Find out how we are monitoring environmental impacts, extreme weather and tackling climate change.
Earth observation involves gathering information about the Earth's physical, chemical, and biological systems using remote sensing technologies such as satellites.
We are leading the way in harnessing the potential of Earth observation in the era of big data, using drone and satellite observations. Through data-driven innovation, we are delivering new platforms, techniques and applications to analyse large Earth system datasets of varying size and veracity, analysed over different timescales to reflect differences in the timing of relevant decision-making.
Our School leads the Space and Satellite Innovation Programme within the Bayes Centre as part of the University's Data-Driven Innovation Initiative within the Edinburgh Region City Deal.
We also lead the SENSE Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) for Satellite Data in Environmental Science. SENSE encourages multidisciplinary approaches and collaboration featuring partners across academia, industry, and the third sector.
We have won numerous awards for our data-driven research in space and satellites, including from the UK and European Space Agencies.
Forests, landscapes and agriculture
Ice-sheet and glacier melting
Weather and extreme events
Collaborate with us
We work with various organisations in the private sector, from start-ups, consultancies and SME's to large multi-national corporations, facilitated through our Business Development Team.
We have over 100 academics engaged in world-leading research that can help organisations address today's big challenges. Our academic staff regularly engage with organisations worldwide, providing independent advice and specialist expertise.
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Study with us, and join one of the largest and most successful groupings of geographers and geoscientists in the UK as we address the most compelling issues of our time.
The following degrees may be of interest to you:
- Geophysics and Meteorology
- Earth sciences degrees
- Ecological and environmental science degrees
- Earth Observation and Geoinformation Management
- Geographical Information Science (GIS)
Check out more of our diverse undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees and help us change the world.
Our School is leading this new Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), delivered jointly with the University of Leeds and funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the UK Space Agency.
The Centre will train 50 PhD students to tackle cross-disciplinary environmental problems by applying state-of-the-art data science methods to the deluge of satellite data collected each day.
Graduates will be supervised by a consortium of world-leading UK scientists, with topics co-developed with the UK's most innovative spatial data companies.
The Bayes Centre is the Universityʼs innovation hub for data science and artificial intelligence.
The Centre is a community of over four hundred internationally recognised scientists, PhD students, leading industry experts and innovation support professionals in the mathematical, computational, engineering, and natural sciences.
Through Dr Murray Collins, our School leads the Space and Satellite Innovation Programme within the Bayes Centre, which is part of the University's Data-Driven Innovation Initiative.
Our research is carried out across our three interdisciplinary research institutes. There are also a number of research groups within each institute. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of our research, academic staff may belong to one or more groups across the institutes.
Each of the following research institutes is a major centre of expertise:
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External centres and networks
Our research enables people from different institutes within the School, other departments within the University as well as external partners and organisations to work together to address local and global challenges.