Earth Observation

Earth Observation Science expertise is dispersed across the College of Science and Engineering between various research groups and departments, with an obvious focus in and via the Earth Observation Science group within the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Work is also conducted and lead within the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Geography.

Using satellite (remote sensing) data, we study key challenges such as climate change and how to develop new technologies for the future. We carry out research into the design, build, data analysis and exploitation of increasingly sophisticated, powerful sensors that are now being flown on satellites. Underpinning this work is the utilisation of field instruments, laboratory data and modelling either in-house or through collaborations.

Earth Observation at the University can be broken down into four key areas:

Air QualityEarth from space

For further information please contact:

Prof Paul Monks psm7@le.ac.uk; Dr Roland Leigh rl40@le.ac.uk or Dr Joshua Vande-Hay jvh7@le.ac.uk.

Climate Processes

For further information please contact:

Prof John Remedios jjr8@le.ac.uk or Dr Hartmut Boesch hb100@le.ac.uk.

Land Information

For further information please contact:

Prof Heiko Balzter hb91@le.ac.ukDr Sarah Johnson sj239@le.ac.uk or Dr Virginia Nicolas Perea vnp2@le.ac.uk

Earth Observation Science

This is broken down into five areas, which are:

Data Sets for Climate Change and Weather Forecast Studies

Greenhouse gases; Sea and land surface temperatures; Precipitation; Fire disturbances.

Global Atmospheric Composition and Chemistry

Volatile organic compound distributions; Stratospheric composition and chemistry; Boundary layer and urban chemistry.

Land Cover Change, Forest Monitoring and Carbon

Fire monitoring;Land cover mapping; Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) forest monitoring; Reporting and verification; Indonesian peatlands; Land-atmosphere modelling.

Urban Environment Research and Pollution Transport

Air quality; Thermal properties; Green roofs; Remote Sensing Technology and Laboratory Work;

Instrument Development

GERB instrument on Meteosat Second Generation; Laboratory Spectroscopy; Atmospheric Chemistry group.

For further information please contact Dr Hartmut Boesch hb100@le.ac.uk.

Centre for Landscape and Climate Research

We have a centre dedicated to Landscape and Climate ResearchThe aim of the Centre is to understand interactions of the water cycle with ecosystems across multiple spatial and temporal scales.

The main goals and objectives of the Centre are:

  • to understand interactions of the water cycle with ecosystems across multiple spatial and temporal scales;
  • to carry out fundamental research on pressures from climate change and land use change on ecosystem services, such as biodiversity, water resources, carbon cycle and food security;
  • to analyse the effects of spatial patterns and processes upon biological populations in evolving, three-dimensional landscapes.

For further information please contact:

Prof Heiko Balzter hb91@le.ac.ukDr Sarah Johnson sj239@le.ac.uk or Dr Virginia Nicolas Perea vnp2@le.ac.uk.

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