The University of Leicester is ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world. It has a powerful research base in Space Science, EO and Remote Sensing, and Engineering, with strong programmes in Physics & Astronomy, Chemistry and Geography. It has a strong track record of applications programmes using space technology in other market sectors, such as transport, medical, environmental and agriculture.
The Leicester Institute for Space and Earth Observation brings together all the research work within the University associated with space (including astronomy and planetary science) and Earth Observation, from a number of Departments within the College of Science and Engineering: Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geography, Geology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Our Space Science work includes x-ray and observational astronomy, radio and space plasma physics (including space weather) and planetary science and instrumentation development.
Our Earth Observation work includes expertise in air quality, climate processes and land monitoring alongside the development of satellites and sensors to support this.
Our Space Engineering capabilities include instrument development, space mechanical, thermal and optical engineering, space nuclear power systems, orbital and radiation analysis, electronic engineering and calibration and testing.
The University of Leicester supports businesses to improve their performance by integrating satellite data with other information and by developing new applications of satellite data. This is supported by specialist staff across the University and a dedicated central research and enterprise team.
The British Geological Survey (BGS) is the UK’s principal provider of objective and authoritative geoscientific information and knowledge for wealth creation, sustainable use of natural resources, reducing risk and living with the impacts of environmental change.
We create a range of maps and models to identify areas, communities and infrastructure vulnerable to ground stability and flooding hazards. We provide an earthquake monitoring service, a daily space weather forecast, a landslide response service and a national enquiries service.
As the national geological survey we have unique access to geological information and over 175 years of experience. Acting as a national body we have a broad range of experience of dealing with issues at a national level, taking a strategic view and dealing with complex issues and presenting them in a simple and accessible format.
BGS operates a dedicated team focussed on the development and application of remote sensing, data collection and visualisation technologies to support a wide range of geoscience applications. Research carried out by the Earth and Planetary Observation and Monitoring team focuses on photogrammetric and map production systems, satellite radar interferometry (InSAR) for geohazard monitoring, satellite and airborne data tailored to particular applications across the globe, unmanned aerial vehicles for geoscience applications, and planetary remote sensing and field spectra capture using a ground based spectroradiometer (ASD).
NCEO is a distributed centre of approximately 100 scientists from UK institutions, led by Prof. John Remedios, who is based at the University of Leicester. NCEO provides the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) with national capability in Earth Observation (EO) science and incorporates world-class skills in interpretive EO. The scientific focus of NCEO is to use data from EO satellites to understand long-term changes in the Earth system; to merge data with models for realistic predictions, and to develop new methods and datasets through innovative EO research and development. NCEO scientists play leading roles in more than 20 EO missions.
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