Earth Observation, or EO, is the method by which we see everything that happens in our world. We use Earth Observation to report the weather, measure the height of our mountains and the depth of the oceans, detect changes in vegetation, show the movement of entire populations and analyse the damage done by natural disasters like earthquakes or hurricanes. It provides objective data on what’s really happening, showing trends and changes over time in a way that could never be observed from land.
From an environmental and business sustainability standpoint, Earth Observation satellites gather earth data, whilst GIS-based software services interpret and display it. These interactive maps, like the ones provided by the Ecometrica Platform, allow businesses and organisations to identify risks and opportunities, and take positive action.
Our Earth Observation (EO) Labs allow your organisation to harness the power of satellite data through high-resolution images, real-time data feeds, interactive maps and collaboration tools, all via a virtual laboratory accessible from any modern web browser.
Space agencies are producing ever larger spatial data files. Curating and sharing this satellite data effectively is a growing challenge, especially as the file sizes are also astronomical; for example, the most recently-launched ESA satellite sends back around 4.7PB (petabytes) of data every day.
Despite these challenges, Ecometrica can provide a range of scalable spatial data infrastructure solutions ranging from a few GB data to several petabytes.
Ecometrica software harnesses the power of raster data to give you more information than you ever thought possible, via a combination of base maps, surface maps and thematic maps, along with querying and reporting functionality that could make Earth Observation a key component of your business intelligence.
Forests 2020 is a major investment by the UK Space Agency to help protect and restore up to 300 million hectares of tropical forests by improving forest monitoring in six partner countries through advanced uses of satellite data.
Project managed by Ecometrica, Forests 2020 will also bring together together some of the UK’s leading experts on forest monitoring at the Universities of Edinburgh and Leicester, and Carbomap.
The University of Edinburgh is Scotland’s largest University, with a large student body and active research across the fields of medicine, science and the humanities. The University’s EO Lab is hosted within the School of GeoSciences, which was identified as the top institute in the UK for ‘research power’ within the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment. The School’s research spans the range of geography, geology, earth system and environmental sciences, with the research groups currently using the EO Lab focused on modeling the carbon cycle, satellite imaging and forest resource/risk mapping. In time we aim to extend the EO Lab into other GeoSciences research areas, including biodiversity, natural hazards, and environmental pollution.
- An app allowing people to investigate changes in the Amazon carbon cycle, as predicted by the CARDAMOM model-data assimilation system: http://cardamom.ed-ac.ourecosystem.com
- An app allowing the comparison and querying of the various maps of aboveground forest carbon across the world: http://carbonmaps.ourecosystem.com
Testimonial, from Dr Ed Mitchard: “I have found the OE Lab platform incredibly useful for communicating my research. I produce many large spatial data layers in my research (I work on satellite imaging and mapping of deforestation and carbon stocks), which most potential users cannot easily download or use due to slow internet connections or the need for specialist software. OE Lab Apps allow anyone to not just interactively view the products I make, but actively query them, obtaining quantitative results, without having to download and process the data layers themselves.”
The Centre for Environmental Policy (CEP) at Imperial College London carries out leading research on issues with a global impact on bioenergy and environmental security policy, management of environmental quality, and sustainable transitions in environmental governance. They do this through collaborative research and engagement that supports efforts on environment, energy and health throughout the College and with partners and academic and industry networks around the world. CEP also leads international postgraduate training on environmental technology, driven by their research and engagement. CEP also houses the Imperial College Centre for Energy Policy and Technology (ICEPT) which provides nationally and internationally recognised interdisciplinary research, policy analysis, advice and postgraduate training, specialising in the interface between energy technology and policy. The bioeconomy, with a particular focus on bioenergy, is a major research theme within ICEPT with work on land use change, integrated land use and bioproduct systems and value chains, and sustainable development.
- Integrated Land Management System (ILAMS) is a case study for biodiesel production in Sardinia, Italy. High-resolution and detailed data available in Sardinia allows the model to be tested for use in other locations where less data may be available: https://sardiniailams.imperial-ac.ourecosystem.com
The Brazilian’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) was established in 1971. Its mission is to produce science and technology in space areas and environment. It is the main civilian agency responsible for the development of space activities in the country.
In addition to operational services of weather and climate forecast and monitoring of deforestation in the Legal Amazon, INPE works in tracking and controlling satellites, testing high-quality industrial equipment, as well as measurements of burnings, lightning and air pollution, and t.
The Earth System Science Centre (CCST) one of the seven INPE’s centres, was officially established on August 7, 2008. CCST has the strategic objective of developing and improving Earth system models, monitoring networks and socio-political analysis, in order to build and analyse environmental change scenarios and climate projections.
INPE have been working with FUNCATE, a private, non-profit institution with the aim of contributing towards the development of science and technology in Brazil.
INPE’s participation in the Ecometrica lead project has been a unique opportunity to demonstrate to the international community their experience in developing projects using earth observation to promote sustainable practices of natural resource use and contributing to preserving and improving quality of life globally. The use of new technologies of geographical data sharing add a new experience and have enriched the technical collection qualifying the institutions to new challenges with a bigger technological autonomy.
INLAND: The application is intended to help visualize and interact with maps of major ecosystems in Amazonia, estimated from computer simulations. The data display the distribution of main types of vegetation estimated with the Integrated Model of Land Surface Processes (Inland), in development at INPE’s Center for Earth System Sciences (CCST).
INPE-EM: INPE’s Emission Model (INPE-EM) is a service that aims to generate annual estimates of emissions of greenhouse gasses (GHG) by the land cover change in Brazil in a spatially explicit way. The current version provides annual estimates of emissions for the Brazilian Amazon based on the PRODES system data.
Amazon Past Vegetation Map: FUNCATE has improved the original map from IBGE (2004) using remote sensing technologies and several support maps. The ground-breaking result is compatible with 1:250,000 scale. The State of Amazonas map is shared in this application.
EOSUR is a multidisciplinary research centre located in Southeastern Mexico. Research topics range from ecology and environmental studies, agriculture systems and production, health, migration and gender studies. Additionally ECOSUR has a Geographical Analysis Laboratory whose staff has experience in the application of remote sensing data to model forest structure and land cover changes. ECOSUR are in the process of developing a ground station for satellite reception (ERIS) at Chetumal unit in Quintana Roo state, in collaboration the with Mexican Space Agency. The centre develops research on tropical forest ecosystems, coastal ecosystems an on the interactions between human and natural ecosystems. The centre actively seeks opportunities for collaboration with Mexican and foreign institutions to establish a research group associated with the ground station at Chetumal, in order to build capabilities and infrastructure for EO of tropical ecosystems in Mexico and Central America.
Testimonial (google translated): “The potential applications of EO Labs is very high, allowing actors involved in the development of public policies related to environmental issues , at all three levels of government (federal , state and municipal) and the three powers government (executive, legislative and judicial) to access information and knowledge about a variety of possible necessary for these actors make decisions based on evidence , allowing them to make more rational use of public resources alternatives.” – Dra. Cristina Guerrero, Directora del Vinculación. El Colegio de la Frontera Sur.
Forest Monitoring (MBD) – Chiapas: Brings together EO and other spatial data related to forest resources and change monitoring in Chiapas, Mexico. The aim is to provide information about areas of forests and the historic and ongoing losses within them.
Mangroves on the Chiapas Coast: This application shows geographic information about mangroves in the Chiapas coast in three categories: Forest cover and land use, deforestation degradation of ecosystems, woody biomass and forest carbon.
It supports the mangrove conservation work of Pronatura Sur.
Forest Monitoring (MBD) – Marques de Comillas: Brings together data on forest cover and land use change, deforestation, and geomorphology for Marques de Comillas
Forest Monitoring (MBD) – Campeche: Brings together data on forest cover and land use change, deforestation, and geomorphology for Campeche