Earth observation centre receives £23m for world-class environmental science

Posted by pt91 at Oct 20, 2014 11:30 AM |
Funding comes as Leicester environment and space scientist takes up appointment as Director of National Centre for Earth Observation

A University of Leicester space scientist takes up his appointment as Director of the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) this month, the same time that the funding council NERC has announced that they will fund the centre for a further five years.

Professor John Remedios, Head of Earth Observation Science in our Department of Physics and Astronomy, will lead the centre from the University of Leicester. NERC has invested £23m in the centre, a partnership of close to 100 scientists based around the UK set up in 2008 to get the most out of satellite data for environmental science

Professor Remedios said:

“NCEO will be leading a step change in the ability of the NERC community to characterise and understand global and regional environmental change.

“It will do this by providing a coherent world-class capability which can strategically underpin the national science base, matching big data techniques with space technology to deliver new environmental information for both science and society.”

President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester Professor Paul Boyle said: “It is an outstanding achievement for Leicester to have won the £23 million contract for the National Centre for Earth Observation.  This will further cement Leicester’s world class reputation for research in this field, which will have a direct impact on our understanding of how the planet works and how we predict the temporal and spatial extent of environmental change.

“Leicester now leads two internationally renowned centres that provide a focal point for Earth Observation in the UK, as the University is already the lead academic partner in the Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation. It will be exciting to watch the synergies between these two centres develop over the next few years.”

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