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Earth Observation

The satellites that safeguard our forests


Our forests are valuable to us in many different ways – something we’ve understood for a long time. Now we have a new way to keep an eye on them.

Sentinel-2B: Improving on Defra's Earth observation capability for data, science and outcomes

A week ago today I was lucky enough to attend the Sentinel-2B satellite launch event held at European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany.

A digital-data future at Ordnance Survey

This 1790 OS-proto-map shows Major General William Roy's work with Greenwich and Paris Observatories to improve latitude and longitude records

On a recent visit to Ordnance Survey (OS) I learned about the diversity of geospatial data and innovation OS undertakes. OS was born in 1791 under the ambition of creating a superior map of Britain. While world-famous for their paper …

Monitoring Llangarron water quality from space

Tablet computer app offers insight to officers

Environment Agency Geomatics experts Andrew Richman and Crispin Hambidge explain how satellite and LiDAR are helping Enforcement Officers identify agricultural runoff.

Sentinels of our Environment

Now that four of the European Space Agency’s Sentinel satellites are operational (Sentinel-1 a and b, Sentinel-2a, Sentinel-3a), there is a huge opportunity for Defra, along with many other UK government departments and organisations.

Putting our data to work

We met with Clare Moriarty on Friday 6 January to run through the progress with the Data Programme. This is a short summary of what we discussed.

Earth Observation for plant and animal health and welfare: innovation workshop

Last week ( 5 October) the Defra Earth Observation Centre of Excellence (EO-CoE) held its first innovation workshop. This event was a direct follow up from the high priority areas identified at the Earth Observation and Open Data Showcase that …

More floods, droughts and heatwaves: a future to prepare for...

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The effect of drought on soil

July 2016 saw the publication of the evidence report for the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017 (CCRA2017) by the Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC) of the Committee on Climate Change.  Their report provides an independent assessment of the risks and opportunities …