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Date:10/5/2010

on five main themes, chosen as part of an open competition and public consultation process within the Earth Observation community.

The five themes are:

  • Low-Altitude Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Observation led by Professor Daniel Donoghue at the University of Durham: The use of lightweight, fixed-wing, helicopters and blimps, balloons and microlites featuring observational technology that allow us to photograph and map from the sky. Among the uses are monitoring crops, coastal algal blooms and vegetation as well as photogrammetry and laser scanning to build 3-D computer models of landscapes and geology.

  • Terrestrial LIDAR Knowledge Exchange Network led by Dr Nicholas Tate at the University of Leicester: LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology provides accurate laser-derived 3-D computer models that can range in scale from micro (cm) to landscape (km) scales. Terrestrial (ground based) LiDAR (including mobile platforms) offers the capture of near real-time data for a variety of applications including environmental monitoring and modelling in diverse environments ranging from forests to quarries and river beds.

  • Field-based Fourier Transform Infra-Red Spectroscopy, led by Graham Ferrier at the University of Hull: Field FTIR technology uses infrared light to provide information on the composition of rock, sediment, soil vegetation and the atmosphere and has the potential to revolutionise the application of remote sensing to geology and geomorphology. It has a number of environmental applications such as monitoring gas emissions from volcanoes, measuring air quality and identifying contaminated land.

  • Hyper-Temporal Earth Observation led by Dr Doreen Boyd of The University of Nottingham and Professor Mark Danson of the University of Salford: Hyper-temporal observations are made up of the same image captured at regular intervals via satellite in order to monitor a changing landscape. Among the a
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Contact: Emma Thorne
emma.thorne@nottingham.ac.uk
44-011-595-15793
University of Nottingham
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