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Earth Observation & Environmental Sensing

Earth Observation and Environmental Sensing Activity Hub

The Earth Observation & Environmental Sensing (EOES) Activity Hub within the Department of Geography, King's College London acts as a focus for Departmental research using key techniques and technologies that enhance the quantification, process understanding, and monitoring of Earth's natural and human environments. The main techniques currently deployed by EOES are:

  • Satellite Earth Observation
  • Ground & airborne remote sensing
  • Unmanned platforms (e.g. UAVs)
  • In situ measures/laboratory analysis
  • Small sensor networks
  • Citizen science observations

Combinations of these approaches are used within the Hub to probe the workings of a range of environmental systems and cycles, and the Hub aims to further develop both the underpinning methods of measurement, and to deploy these tools to better understand the environmental properties and processes of particular study regions or environmental cycles (such as the carbon and water cycles).  Hub members work across the atmospheric, terrestrial and hydrological domains, and in both 'natural' environments and those heavily modified by human activity, including urban areas. The use of environmental modelling is key to many of the research topics targeted by the EOES Activity Hub, and there is a strong cross-over between many Hub activities and those of the Geocomputation Activity Hub. Certain EOES Hub members are part of the staff of the UK-NERC National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO), whilst others contribute significantly to the King's Geodata Portal that aims to improve the accessibility of certain public domain environmental data, particularly in respect of the scientific and conservation communities. These and other examples demonstrate the commitment the EOES Activity Hub has to the appropriate development and exploitation of geographic and environmental measurement technologies, and the ability to apply these technologies in both pure and applied research contexts, including the facilitation of improved environmental management.


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