eOsphere news 

Welcome Jack and Filippo 

eOsphere are very pleased to welcome Jack Lidgley and Filippo Contenta to their team.

eOsphere in Mongolia, February 2018 

eOsphere are pleased to be leading SIBELIUs, a new project which will deliver improved resilience for Mongolian herding communities using satellite derived services.
Some 30% of the Mongolian population is dependent on livestock herding. These herding communities can be devastated by extreme weather events known as “dzuds”, usually comprising a dry summer, adversely affecting pasture growth, followed by a cold winter with deep snow. A typical dzud can impact many tens of thousands of herders, often leaving them in extreme poverty, with associated impacts for the wider economy.
SIBELIUs will provide greater dzud-resilience for herders by developing and providing Mongolia’s National Agency for Meteorology and Environmental Monitoring with new and upgraded satellite-based environmental products and improving their capacity for distributing products to key stakeholders supporting herding communities.
SIBELIUs is supported by the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme and the project’s UK partners are: Deimos Space UK, the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment at the University of Leicester and MIRCUK.

eOsphere in Cuba, July 2017 

eOsphere and Catapult staff had very productive meetings discussing how satellite Earth Observation data can support agriculture, potato production and irrigation with farmers based in the Artemisa Province of Cuba.

eOsphere in Cuba, June 2017 

The first image from the new eOsphere satellite ground receiving station installed at the Cuban Meteorological Institute (INSMET).

eOsphere in Malaysia, February 2017 

eOsphere are very pleased to be a part of the EASOS consortium, which will provide monitoring and alerts for the Malaysian Government focussed on three main themes: flooding, maritime pollution and deforestation. eOsphere’s core role will be in providing access to satellite earth observation imagery, working in collaboration with the ANGKASA Malaysian National Space Centre. EASOS (Earth and Sea Observation System) is being led by the Satellite Applications Catapult and is supported by the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP).

eOsphere at ESA's Living Planet Symposium in Prague, May 2016 

eOsphere were strongly represented at the European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium held in Prague, Czech Republic from 9-13 May 2016. The following 4 papers all included contributions from eOsphere.

  1. POLAR ICE: integrating, distributing and visualising ice information products for operators in polar waters.
  2. Comparison and validation of four Arctic Sea ice thickness products of the EC POLAR ICE project.
  3. Colour tables and sea-ice information products and forecasts: flexibility versus consistency. Allowing polar mariners to understand multiple ice products within a common visualisation system.
  4. On the feasibility of space-based radar ice sounding of the Antarctic ice sheet at P-band.

eOsphere in the Arctic, February 2016 

Nick Walker took part in a demonstration with the Norwegian Coast Guard to test the feasibility of using satellite derived sea ice information at high latitudes in the Arctic Ocean for navigation purposes. The icebreaker, KV Svalbard, travelled north into the sea ice reaching a latitude of over 82 degrees. A key factor was the timeliness of getting data to the vessel in these conditions. Sea ice is constantly moving because of winds, currents and tides. So the position of the ice may have changed from that shown in a product if it has taken several hours to arrive. The development of the data integration and visualisation system has been supported by the European Commission funded project, POLAR ICE, led by eOsphere.

eOsphere in China, October 2015 

Dominic Flach has just returned from Shanghai Ocean University where he was upgrading the eOsphere ground station to receive data from China's Fungyun-2 series of weather satellites.

eOsphere in Ecuador, 23 February 2015 

Dominic Flach has recently completed an upgrade of the Cotopaxi ground station in Ecuador. This involved a new ingest and processing system for Modis data.

eOsphere in Vietnam, 23 December 2014 

The Vietnam National University ground station in Hanoi was completed just in time for Christmas. 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 best poster award, 12 November 2014 

eOsphere’s intern student, Hannah West, won a best poster award at the SepNet 2014 Expo, presented by Prof. Sir William Wakeham.

eOsphere RF testing, 24 April 2014 

Dominic Flach has recently returned from Athens after completing an X-band radio frequency (RF) survey at the National Observatory of Athens. Before building a ground receiving station it is necessary to make sure there aren’t high levels of contaminating RF signals (e.g. from mobile phone networks) that might interfere with the signal down-linked from the satellite.

eOsphere in Greece, 26 March 2014 

Dominic Flach is pleased to sign a contract with TotalView of Athens, Greece, to supply a new VxEos ground station to the National Observatory of Athens. The ground station will form a part of the BEYOND

project, which is building a centre of excellence for monitoring natural disasters using satellite Earth observation data. The ground station will receive data from the EOS Terra & Aqua (MODIS), NPP & JPSS (VIIRS, ATMS, CrIS, OMPS) satellites and derive products that will help monitor a range of parameters, but particularly atmospheric pollution caused by fires and emissions, which can have serious effects on public health.

eOsphere install new ground station in Indonesia, 24 January 2014 

eOsphere’s Dominic Flach and Chris Williams have recently returned from Balikpapan on the east coast of Borneo, Indonesia, where they installed a new X-band EOS Aqua & Terra, NPP & JPSS satellite ground station for BMKG; the Indonesian government agency for meteorology, climatology, and geophysics. The BMKG staff made the eOsphere team very welcome, which facilitated a very successful installation. The resulting satellite imagery will be used in weather forecasting and the monitoring of forest fires, flooding and other natural disasters.

eOsphere at the SepNet Expo, 3 December 2013

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.

eOsphere in Vietnam, 25 November 2013

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 at the Living Planet Symposium, 16 September 2013

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!

Summer intern arrives at eOsphere, 17 June 2013

eOsphere participates in the South of England Physics Network's (SepNet) summer internship programme. Every year SepNet provides funding for undergraduates in their 2nd and 3rd year to conduct eight week internships with hosting companies and institutions. This year eOsphere welcomes Charlie Walker who is studying Physics and Astronomy at Southampton University. Charlie is going to investigate how to make ship detection using satellite imagery more accurate.

Polar View meets UK Space, 13 June 2013

Nick Walker from eOsphere was one of the Polar View members who attended a very productive meeting with representatives of UK Space to discuss shared opportunities for innovation, growth and collaboration. The meeting was held on the 12th June at the new Satellite Applications Catapult centre based in Harwell, Oxfordshire, UK.

EMMA - eOsphere in new ice sheet sounding project, 27 July 2013

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.

CAESAR - eOsphere in new maritime search and rescue project, 14 October 2012

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.

Isabelia - eOsphere in new project to improve maritime safety in the Baltic, 24 August 2012

eOsphere are pleased to be working on a new project to improve maritime safety in the Baltic through enhanced situational awareness. The Baltic Sea is one of the busiest and most heavily trafficked areas in the world and with every year that passes it becomes even more busy. Oil tanker traffic has particularly increased significantly during recent years, and is expected to grow even more over the next years. With the growth in vessel traffic, in combination with the narrow straits and shallow water, archipelagos, the high incidence of fog and the coverage of ice for a long period, the risk of shipping accidents will increase. The Isabelia project will focus on new techniques for improved safety for ships operating in the Baltic, especially with regard to the northern Baltic waters which become frozen during the winter.

Isabelia 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), Polar View Earth Observation and Kongsberg Satellite Services.