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Earth Observation satellites as a critical tool to monitor climate change – A policy briefing from COP26 Universities Network

Earth observation satellites provide the most comprehensive real-time check on the health of the planet and are playing a crucial role in the fight against global heating now and even more so in the future, according to climate scientists. Although the UK is at the forefront of developing and harnessing technology to turn Earth Observation…

CEOS biomass protocol has been endorsed

David Coomes was involved in an international team that developed protocols for the production and validation of satellite-based woody aboveground biomass products.  The report documents accepted good practices in an open and transparent manner, that is scientifically defensible.  It represents the current state of knowledge for satellite biomass remote sensing and includes a summary of current…

Job opportunity: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Remote Sensing of Forests

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to join Dr Emily Lines’ UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship project “Next generation forest dynamics modelling using remote sensing data”. This is an interdisciplinary project at the intersection of ecology, remote sensing, and data science. The successful candidate will have experience and expertise in quantitative and computational approaches in…

Open calls for papers on IEEE Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (JSTARS)

An open call for papers in a Special Issue of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (JSTARS) entitled “Advanced remote sensing data analysis for sustainable development”. December 1, 2020: Submission system openingMay 30, 2021: Submission system closing Further details can be found: http://www.grss-ieee.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/CFP.Advanced_remote_sensing_data_analysis_for_sustainable_development.pdf

Repeat Lidar

We are bringing together repeat LiDAR data to study forest ecology at the global scale. We currently have over 40,000 ha of data across 11 countries. If you’d like to be part of this exciting project, please get in touch. Repeat LiDAR is a powerful technique for monitoring forest dynamics over large spatial scales. We…

Job Vacancy- Remote Sensing Programme Officer (UNEP-WCMC)

Our partner orgnisation UNEP-WCMC (UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre) is currently recruiting the following position: Remote Sensing Programme Officer – Science Programme (AD1105) Please follow the link here for more information and apply by 5th July 2020.

Climate change will turn coastal Antarctica green

Scientists have created the first ever large-scale map of microscopic algae as they bloomed across the surface of snow along the Antarctic Peninsula coast. Results indicate that this ‘green snow’is likely to spread as global temperatures increase. The team, involving researchers from the University of Cambridge and the British Antarctic Survey, combined satellite data with…

Imaging spectroscopy reveals the effects of topography and logging on the leaf chemistry of tropical forest canopy trees

In this study we show that logged tropical forests have reduced leaf nutrient concentrations compared with old-growth forests and this becomes more pronounced as forests recover in stature. Our findings suggest rock-derived nutrients, such as phosphorus, in short supply in tropical forests on old soils, are depleted by as much as 30% by logging. This…

Global land cover mapping: experiences and perspectives

Presentation by Professor Peng Gong from Tsinghua University at 12.00 Thursday 5th December, Tom Ap Rees Lecture Theatre, Department of Plant Sciences Abstract In this presentation, I will report our global land cover mapping efforts beginning in 2010. Initially, a classification system was developed for the purpose of climate modeling needs. A sampling software was…

Drone images show Greenland Ice Sheet becoming more unstable as it cracks

This study led by Tom Chudley was published on PNAS (the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) and was reported by University of Cambridge press release and Washington Post. Tom and co-authors presented combined UAV and in situ records of a rapidly draining supraglacial lake in a fast-flowing sector of the Greenland Ice Sheet.…

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