SepNet recently hosted a very interesting and enjoyable Expo day at the Royal Institution in London. Fifty physics students from the south east of England presented work from their summer internships. The standard of work and presentations was really high. And Congratulations to Charlie Walker, eOsphere’s summer student for winning one of the best presentation & poster prizes, which was presented by Professor Jim Al Khalili, from at the University of Surrey, who also gave the keynote address about how to balance different interests within a career.
Dominic Flach is pleased to announce the award of a contract to install a new ground receiving station in Vietnam. This will be delivered to the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) in Hanoi, which is part of the Vietnam National University (VNU). The eOsphere ground station is designed to receive data from Aqua, Terra, NPP, FY3 & future JPSS satellites and will form a part of an integrated geospatial information system for monitoring natural disasters, such as: forest fires, flooding and tropical cyclones.
eOsphere’s Nick Walker has just returned from a very successful meeting representing the Polar View network at ESA’s Living Planet Symposium in Edinburgh. eOsphere have a long history of activity in satellite remote sensing for ice monitoring, and Polar View forms a central part of our plans for the future. The Polar View exhibition stand in Edinburgh attracted a lot of interest and we had lots of fruitful conversations. Our Polar View pens and “win a penguin” raffle were also very popular!
eOsphere is pleased to be involved in a new study called EMMA to examine the feasibility of probing the Antarctic ice sheets using satellite borne radar. Radar frequencies at P-Band are able to penetrate deep into the ice sheets, which sometimes can extend over 4 km before reaching the bedrock. There is much scientific interest in providing accurate topographic maps of the bedrock, as well as examining whether the layering structures found within the ice sheets can be detected with radar systems looking down from a satellite. The EMMA project aims to improve electromagnetic scattering models by ensuring that they are in agreement with real experiments that have been conducted with airborne radar sounding missions conducted over the Antarctic peninsula.
EMMA will be led by the Technical University of Denmark and is supported by the European Space Agency (ESA). Other project partners are the British Antarctic Survey and NOVELTIS.
eOsphere is pleased to be involved in a new project designed to develop new meteorological and oceanographic products and services to assist with maritime search and rescue. Maritime accidents often occur under poor weather conditions, e.g.: heavy wind, low visibility, high waves, icing, which are challenging for maritime search and rescue units. It is clear that meteorological and sea state information can be useful for search and rescue teams, but the real challenge is in getting accurate information to the right people as quickly as possible, often under difficult circumstances.
CAESAR will be led by VTT in Finland and is supported by ESA’s IAP programme. Other project partners are the Finnish Meteorological Institute, CGI (previously Logica Finland), MeriTaito and the Finnish Border Guard.