The Agency, often working with other partners like the NERC or Defra , supports a range of national activities in Earth Observation.
A plankton bloom across Ireland captured by Envisat.
If you would like to find out anything more about any of these programmes, or if you have any suggestions for where we should target future activity please don’t hesitate to
The GIFTSS programme (Government Information from The Space Sector) is part-funded by the Agency to help other government departments and agencies make the best use of information we get from satellites. Sector Facilitators, who have an in-depth knowledge of their respective areas, work closely with individual project managers to identify ways in which products derived from space-data could assist their every day work. If you have a requirement that you think space data could help with please contact the team for information on how to take ideas forward.
Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation (CEOI )
brings together scientists and engineers from academia and industry to further UK capability in EO instrumentation. Managed as a partnership, the centre provides a fertile environment to develop research proposals for international opportunities. The centre also provides funding opportunities for technology development using the core funding provided by
The Underpinning GEO Action Support (UGAS) programme supports UK participation in international programmes managed through GEO. In particular this programme may be of interest if you are a national expert looking to fund your contribution to international meetings, working groups, workshops and seminars. If you think this programme is of relevance to you please
The UK, through
DMC International Imaging Ltd (DMCii),
contributes to the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters. The Charter was set up in 2000 to provide satellite data and imagery to help governments and aid agencies plan emergency relief following major disasters. It has provided valuable information to relief agencies after earthquakes, floods, landslides and volcanic eruptions. When the Charter is activated, Earth Observation satellites operated by 14 international organisations are made freely available. The satellites provide data which is then used to produce maps and other information for emergency response efforts. The UK-built Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC) is a key member of the Charter. Seven satellites have been built so far by
Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd
and are owned individually by Algeria, China, Nigeria, Turkey, Spain and the UK.
Dr. Alice Bunn from the UK Space Agency, took over as chairperson of the International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters' from 9 May 2011 for a six month period.