NCEO have the instrumentation and capability to conduct airborne remote sensing campaigns in the UK, Europe and worldwide. Using a suite of image sensors covering spectral bands 400 to 2500 nm and 7.6 to 12.5 µm, allowing hyperspectral imaging and spectrometric data in the infrared ranges VNIR, SWIR and LWIR. This capability, coupled with 100 MP digital photography and a LiDAR capable of fullwave form, single and multiple point data provides a comprehensive remote sensing capability.
To calculate pixel size and swath width on the ground of the hyperspectral (Fenix) and Thermal (Owl) sensors please use Pixel Size and Swath Width Calculator.
This capability was formally offered by the NERC Airborne Research Facility but are now being extended and offered to the community by NCEO.
Environmental researchers across the NERC portfolio can access this airborne remote sensing acquisition capability via the UKRI grant process, via direct payment, or via other project funding (e.g. EU, ESA, commercial projects etc.). Please get in touch to discuss options and opportunities.
The opportunities can be accessed through NCEO’s Earth Observation Instrumentation and Facilities (EOIF) Division led by Professor Martin Wooster at NCEO, King’s College London. To discuss science opportunities please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and to discuss detailed technical and planning information for airborne science contact Callum Middleton.
JASMIN hosts a range of activities, including the Climate and Environmental Monitoring from Space (CEMS) facility, to support the analysis requirements of the UK and European climate and environmental science community.
The CEDA Earth Observation data archive is the largest in the UK, with over a Petabyte of satellite data and related data products. It contains over two decades’ worth of satellite data from a range of satellite missions, whilst the data from the NERC ARSF aircraft campaigns extends back to 1982. It is the UK academic data hub for ESA’s Sentinel missions, with responsibility for storing data and providing access to it for the science community.
CEMS is run in collaboration with the Satellite Applications Catapult at Harwell to support scientists and industry working together to promote commercial exploitation of EO data. It offers access to collaborative workspaces, hosted processing, high performance computing, and a cloud computing environment that NERC scientists can access remotely.
NCEO provides governance and oversight of NERC’s Field Spectroscopy Facility at the University of Edinburgh, which provides optical sensing expertise and equipment for assessing the spectral properties of vegetation, rocks, soil and water under different observing conditions.
Ground-based spectral measurements are used to study critical environmental phenomena, such as the photosynthetic activity of vegetation or the changing albedo of snow and ice under different conditions. They are also important for developing and validating data products from satellite and aircraft missions.
The Facility includes a calibration and test laboratory for scientists to characterise new equipment. The FSF can support NERC science and the wider UK research community, subject to peer review and appropriate funding support for the type and size of project.
All new users are offered a period of extended training in both equipment use and measurement principles.
The NERC Earth Observation Data Acquisition and Analysis Service (NEODAAS) is based at Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) and overseen by NCEO on behalf of NERC.
NEODAAS offers a range of services that include:
NEODAAS offer near-real-time data products, with the capability to download and synthesize data from a number of satellites as soon as it is available, including chlorophyll concentration and sea surface temperature (SST). The NEODAAS team can facilitate dynamic projects, such as research cruises, where timely access to satellite data is invaluable in guiding campaigns.
NEODAAS AI expertise has widened the service to even more users. Researchers looking to undertake machine learning projects can now access PML’s Massive GPU for Earth Observation (MAGEO) cluster via an easy-to-use web front end (MAGEOHub) — as well as training tailored to their research needs.
NEODAAS offers support for optimising Earth Observation applications. Our experts can work with you to identify the best approach to improve the efficiency of your software, via a Code Optimisation Service, reducing processing time and energy usage where possible.
Researchers applying for NERC funding can include NEODAAS support via a technical assessment, for other funding sources an ‘open access’ system is available.
NEODAAS aims to assist as many researchers as possible, across an enormous range of science interests/areas. If you feel your project could benefit from any of the services listed above, please get in touch.
For NEODAAS support, contact email@example.com where you can access training independent of making a full request.