Talking Science at the City and Islington Academy
Mat Disney on measuring fire impacts from space
Dr Mat Disney was invited to speak to GCSE science students at the City and Islington Academy (CANDI) as part of their annual Talking Science programme. This is the third time that Mat has spoken to CANDI students, and he presented recent work by the UCL Geography Remote Sensing Group on monitoring and measuring fire impacts from space and how this informs understanding of the global carbon cycle.
The students study the carbon cycle as part of their science curriculum and Mat showed how new observations are allowing us to understand the intricacies of the feedbacks between human activities, climate, and the carbon cycle. The work is ongoing, but parts of it were recently published in the leading remote sensing journal, while the European Space Agency (ESA) is investing in ways to develop these ideas.
With ESA's flagship ENVISAT satellite finally reaching the end of its life in May 2012, there is a real need to bridge gaps in observations and to exploit new missions such as the Sentinel program, due to begin in 2013