Published: 10 July 2013

Surrey scientists monitor the Earth

Scientists from Surrey are monitoring the Earth’s climate and ecosystem as part of a new project to become leaders in the global space market.

Academics at Surrey are working with colleagues at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in a collaboration called Global Satellite Sensing (GLoSS) - a world leading Centre of Excellence bringing together Surrey's expertise in satellite and sensor design with NPL's unique capability for calibrating satellite data for real world applications.

GLoSS is focused not only on satellite and sensor technology but also the high value and impact it provides for society through value added services for reliable and safe infrastructure, cleaner and more secure environments to live in, and sustainable supply chains. This includes abilities such as accurately monitoring carbon emissions and assessing the condition of civil infrastructure from space.

Keith Robson, Director of Enterprise and Growth at the University of Surrey, said: “Bringing these world-leading research capabilities together within a single centre of excellence provides the UK with an unrivalled ability to provide expertise across a range of areas.

“This includes everything from developing new low cost sensors, designing groups of small satellites that can work together which are called ‘swarms’, in-orbit calibration systems, data assimilation, data processing and visualisation.

“The Centre’s aim is to ensure the UK plays a key role in the exploitation of new sophisticated Earth Observation services which will be in increasing demand as the cost of putting satellites into orbit falls dramatically over the next decade.”

The Universities of Surrey and Strathclyde were recently chosen as partners in the future operation of the National Physical Laboratory, the UK's National Measurement Institute, a global leader developing and applying the most accurate measurement standards in science and technology.

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