Earth Observation Laboratory

Welcome to the Earth Observation and Ecosystems Dynamics Laboratory, the primary focus of which is to advance the use and integration of ground, airborne and spaceborne remote sensing data for better understanding the direct and indirect impacts of anthropogenically-induced and climate change on ecosystems and environments. Our research is worldwide and covers a diversity of environments from tropical rainforests and mangroves to high altitude glaciers.

The computer and field-based facilities of the Unit also represent a major resource within the  Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences (IGES) which gives staff and both undergraduate and postgraduate (Masters and Ph.D) students access to some of the most up-to-date computing facilities and software available for data processing.  Training in remote sensing theory and also practical use of remote sensing and Geographical Information System (GIS) software is provided. 

The Unit also has expertise in the use of a diverse range of remotely sensed data including airborne/spaceborne radar, multispectral, hyperspectral and Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sensors with staff and students having expertise in fields including physics, computer science, biology and geography.

The unit is also proud to host a Definiens Centre of Excellence, one of six worldwide, exploiting their objected-oriented segmentation and classification software suite for a range of diverse applications ranging from regional habitat mapping and change detection to tree crown delineation.

The remote sensing and GIS unit links closely with Environment Systems, an award winning consultancy and service company, through collaborative grants, student projects and employment of IGES graduates. IGES is also a member of the Japanese Space Exploration Agency (JAXA) Kyoto and Carbon (K&C) Initiative.