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 anthropogenic activities 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 Department of Geography and Earth Sciences (DGES) 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. A range of high-quality Small Unmanned Aircraft as well as a variety of other field equipment are available within the research group (Facilities with EOED).

Our projects involve working closely with various agencies, initiatives and governments across the globe including: The European Space Agency (ESA), The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Welsh Government, Geoscience Australia, Wetlands International, and Mangrove Capital Africa.