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UCL Geography Earth Observation Group expanding research on satellite imagery

Biodiversity hotspots, climate change, carbon modelling, fire and vegetation health

UCL Geography Earth Observation Group expanding research on satellite imagery

The UCL Geography Earth Observation Group continue its success in winning funding from national and international sources.

Dr Mat Disney was recently awarded two new EU grants, one through the EU FP7, Research Programme, in collaboration with the National Physical Laboratory ( It will develop new calibration and validation tools for climate researchers who need to be sure that satellite data are consistent and reliable.

The second grant, of €250k, awarded through the new EU Horizon 20:20 Framework, is part of a major collaboration to examine biodiversity hotspots, using new satellite data combined with biological and field data (See:

Mat and Professor Philip Lewis have also received funding as part of NERC's £23M investment in Phase 2 of the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) ( The UCL Geography group has been part of NCEO since its inception in 2009. and will  benefit through the appointment of two NCEO postdoctoral researchers for the next 5 years. They will work on exciting new developments in data assimilation, carbon modelling, and fire and 3d lidar measurement and modelling. Mat will also gain a PhD studentship through NCEO, starting in 2015.

Lewis and colleagues have also been awarded €250K by the European Space Agency to develop practical data assimilation applications for measuring terrestrial vegetation, using multiple data sources from the ESA/EU Sentinel series of satellites (

This continues similar funding earlier this year to extend the range of operators in EOLDAS ( The project will build on new tools already developed at UCL to allow researchers to combine satellite observations and models to improve the understanding of both.

Lewis has also gained funding to help build the scientific and user case for a proposed ESA mission to measure plant fluorescence from space, enabling better monitoring of plant productivity and stress (


False colour image of Amazon River (Copyright KARI/ESA)

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