JNCC has expertise in the field of Earth Observation (EO) and uses this to provide high-quality evidence on biodiversity and ecosystems to inform decisions affecting the environment. Through using open data available from the Sentinel satellites, part of the Copernicus Programme, EO can help meet environmental policy and operational evidence needs. This is an unprecedented opportunity and JNCC is forging a role to support environmental applications.
The focus of EO work within JNCC explores the potential that EO has to offer for biodiversity and advising governments on its application in the following areas:
- Mapping habitat extent
- Assessing habitat condition for biodiversity and ecosystem services
- Provision of analysis-ready forms of EO data and products
- Providing facilities to support the 'big data'’ analysis needed to detect change
- Advising and providing training on how these technologies can form part of operational work for public sector bodies
- Detecting marine activities
The increasing availability of imagery and open data is supporting development opportunities across the public sector in the UK. We provide EO expertise; JNCC is forging a role and is a key player in this innovative field.
Through developing partnerships with the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) and SMEs, JNCC is promoting standards for environmental evidence from EO.