Remote Sensing is everywhere!

A post that I wrote on my personal blog earlier in the month. The key point is the fact that remote sensing, the data from it and the analyses undertaken using those data are increasingly embedded in our lives.


Although the ongoing UK winter floods and storms of late 2013 and early 2014 must be an ordeal for those who are experiencing them first hand in their homes and businesses, they have also been a great showcase for the power and benefits of remote sensing. All over Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media are examples of maps showing either satellite imagery, or the extent of the floods derived from satellite imagery. People who haven’t been aware or interested in climate dynamics are now talking about the jet stream, and the feedback loops between it and North Atlantic low pressure systems! New methods of visualising and disseminating information (I’m thinking JavaScript libraries and web-mapping, specifically) that was created using atmospheric models, or derived from global satellite measurements, are helping inform and educate about the reasons behind this period of impressive weather.

But it isn’t just satellites that are getting press…

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