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National Centre for Earth Observation Annual Conference

UCL Geography EO team presents research in Sheffield

National Centre for Earth Observation Annual Conference

The UCL Geography EO group, including Dr Mat Disney, Professor Philip Lewis and Dr José Gomez Dans, with various former postdoc staff and PhD students, has been involved with the NERC National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) since its inception in 2008, especially in relation to its Carbon Cycle Research Theme. (

This year, the NCEO annual science meeting took place in Sheffield from 24-27 June, showcasing a wide range of EO-related research.

José and Mat presented plenary talks. José spoke on the potentials and limitations of Data Assimilation at the dawn of the new era of European Space Agency Sentinel missions (

Mat discussed the potential of new terrestrial laser scanning methods for measuring forest canopy biomass and structure, showing results from the group's new state-of-the art scanning instrument.

Both talks generated considerable interest and this was also an excellent opportunity to catch up with colleagues and to engage in some lively debate. The sun shone, and Sheffield looked very much ready to host its first visit from the Tour de France a few days later.

This meeting was of added importance, since the NCEO will have a new Director from October, Professor  John Remedios from the University of Leicester. John will face a first task of navigating the transition of NCEO into its second phase of development over the next 5+ years. He presented a vision for a new structure for the NCEO, laying out the challenges faced by the core NCEO team - doing world-class science and delivering on the NCEO remit. This suggested exciting times ahead!


José’s lecture