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Royal Aeronautical Engineering Society webinar: UK as a Global Space Power

Royal Aeronautical Engineering Society webinar: UK as a Global Space Power

The Royal Aeronautical Engineering Society is hosting a webinar with a panel including Leicester’s Professor John Remedios, discussing the UK as a global space power. Have you noticed the increasing presence of space in UK news? That’s not just because space is exciting (although it is!), it’s not just because the BBC loves space stories […]

The NASA-JAXA Global Precipitation Measurement mission

The NASA-JAXA Global Precipitation Measurement mission

Leicester precipitation scientists Daniel Watters and Alessandro Battaglia outline how a NASA-JAXA mission addresses the challenge of global measurement of precipitation. Two precipitation scientists from Leicester’s Earth Observation Science Group have written a paper aimed at describing the NASA-JAXA Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission to a general audience (https://doi.org/10.1002/wea.3865).  The Leicester scientists use the space-borne […]

Six Decades of Space Science

Six Decades of Space Science

At the start of World Space Week, we’re marking 60 years of space science at the University of Leicester. Leicester has had a Physics Department since 1924, long before it gained University status. It was in 1957 – appropriately enough, the year that Sputnik 1 was launched – that Leicester University College was granted the […]

Using Earth Observation to map degradation of air quality in North India

Using Earth Observation to map degradation of air quality in North India

A new study led by the University of Leicester reveals how seasonal air quality in Northern India is degraded by changes in the timing and amount of agricultural residue burning – by Harjinder Sembhi. Each October, farmers in northwest India burn millions of tonnes of agricultural residue following the harvesting of rice, a high yield […]

ESA Digital Twin Earth Precursor: Climate Explorer

NCEO-Leicester win ESA contract to develop a “Digital Twin Earth Precursor” Dr Robert Parker, part of the National Centre for Earth Observation and the School of Physics and Astronomy, has been successful with a €450k proposal to the European Space Agency to develop a Digital Twin Earth Precursor, an interactive replica of our planet in […]

Lockdown Research Bites

Lockdown Research Bites

During the 2020 lockdown, Leicester’s College of Science and Engineering showcased a series of virtual lectures over the spring and summer. The College of Science and Engineering hosted a series of 30-minute research seminars over the summer, allowing members of the School of Physics and Astronomy to showcase their latest research. Recordings of these informal […]

UK Earth System Model General Assembly goes Virtual

The UK Earth System Model General Assembly, that was to be held at University of Leicester, successfully took place online with over 100 participants. The UK Earth System Model (UKESM) is the UK’s next-generation climate model, developed in collaboration between NERC and the Met Office. An Earth System Model is an advanced climate model, incorporating “Earth System” processes […]

ESA Living Planet Fellowship Success for Dr. Tim Trent

Dr Tim Trent of Earth Observation Science group has won an ESA Living Planet Fellowship to investigate long-term changes in the hydrological cycle. Water vapour is an essential greenhouse gas in the Earth climate system, acting as a natural feedback mechanism for carbon dioxide forcing. Critical to the development of cloud and precipitation, water vapour […]

New award for improving agricultural monitoring from Space

Leicester physicists have recently been awarded a Met Office Newton grant to monitor vegetation health and stress from Space Food security has always been a major strategic issue related to global economic development, social stability and national independence. In China, the state of food security is very fragile and vulnerable to agricultural and hydrological drought. […]

Remote sensing of greenhouse gases in the air over Jinja, Uganda

Remote sensing of greenhouse gases in the air over Jinja, Uganda

A new ground-based measurement site in Uganda, set up by the University of Leicester in partnership with NaFIRRI, will provide a unique dataset of remotely sensed greenhouse gas observations over a period of several months. From the 16th to 22nd of January 2020, Dr Neil Humpage (Earth Observation Science) visited Jinja, Uganda, to set up […]

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