Will work with SPRINT partner, University of Surrey, to analyse satellite data for sustainability monitoring in Mexico and Brazil
Edinburgh, 21 October 2019 –
Ecometrica, the global leader in downstream space information solutions, has signed up to the national SPRINT programme to access expertise from the University of Surrey, one of Britain’s top space research institutions. Edinburgh-based Ecometrica will work in collaboration with SPRINT partner, the University of Surrey, to analyse satellite data for monitoring sustainable development goals and climate resilience.
The project will develop scalable methods to bring together Earth Observation data from different sources (both freely available Sentinel data and commercial products) to monitor vulnerability to, and recovery from natural disasters. This will specifically apply to case studies from flooding in Mexico and natural and man-made events in Brazil.
The University of Surrey’s Centre for Environment & Sustainability (CES) will develop indicators measurable from satellite Earth Observation for disaster resilience to generate proven, scientifically-robust approaches that will be implemented on Ecometrica’s EO Lab platform. The University of Surrey will also work with Ecometrica to develop data applications around a new satellite constellation concept for climate resilience.
Dr Richard Tipper, executive chairman of Ecometrica, said: “We are excited at the possibilities of working with the University of Surrey, both on environmental monitoring and further developments around the resilience constellation. We look forward to a long and fruitful collaboration.”
Professor Richard Murphy – Director, Centre for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Surrey added: “As the world wakes up to the scale and urgency of the sustainability issues we are facing, we are truly delighted to be working in partnership with Ecometrica as a pioneering UK company in this area.
“At CES, we are already researching the use of Earth Observation technology to support the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals and working with Ecometrica through SPRINT is a brilliant opportunity to apply our complementary interests to improve global sustainability and resilience. The University’s wealth of knowledge and history in the satellite industry also provide us with a wonderful additional asset for this new partnership.”
The £4.8 million SPRINT (SPace Research and Innovation Network for Technology) programme provides unprecedented access to university space expertise and facilities to help businesses develop new commercial products for space and other key sectors.
SPRINT is supported by Research England and the Scottish Funding Council. It is being delivered by a consortium of five of the UK’s leading space universities, led by the University of Leicester and including the University of Edinburgh, The Open University, University of Southampton and University of Surrey.
For more information on the SPRINT programme, visit www.sprint.ac.uk
Ecometrica is the global leader in downstream space information solutions. The company turns the vast and growing streams of observation data from space, air and land into actionable insights for business, government and society.
Innovative and intelligent technology distils its technical expertise into simple web-based tools that anyone can understand and use. By bringing together sustainability, environment, risk and business insights with geospatial intelligence and mapping applications, the award-winning Ecometrica Platform allows businesses, governments and organisations to make smarter decisions and build long-term value.
About the University of Surrey:
The University of Surrey is one of the UK’s top higher education institutions and was recognised as the University of the Year in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016. With 125 years of academic heritage since our founding in Battersea, and 50 years of world-class teaching and research in Guildford, the University of Surrey is the intellectual home for more than 16,000 students, 100,000 alumni and 2,800 staff.
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The University of Surrey has been recognised by four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Further and Higher Education and is a destination of choice for higher learning in subjects ranging from Engineering to the Arts. As a global University, we are proud of our strong partnerships with internationally leading institutions and businesses, while being firmly engaged with our local community in Guildford and Surrey. We are committed to educating the next generation of professionals and leaders, and to providing thought leadership and innovation to address global challenges and contribute to a better tomorrow for the world.
For further media information, please contact:
Simon Gribbon (on behalf of SPRINT)
T: 07990 583371
Christian Hannestad (on behalf of Ecometrica)
T: 0131 208 1500