An introduction to the Centre for Earth Observation Science (CEObS) by the Director, Dr Kevin Wyche
The University of Brighton’s Centre for Earth Observation Science (CEObS) brings together research and enterprise expertise, activities and infrastructure that span the Earth Sciences spectrum. CEObS comprises over forty internationally renowned researchers who employ a range of techniques to monitor the Earth System, from the macro- to the micro-scale, from remote sensing systems borne on satellites to microscopes in the laboratory.
Our research centre provides an environment for these world-class researchers to come together to work collaboratively, across disciplines to execute strategic and world-leading discovery science using Earth Observation techniques, that will enable us to better understand the changing Earth System and develop scientific, technological and political solutions that can be used to help safeguard our environment for future generations.
Our mission is to work at the cutting-edge in and between the five key areas of Earth Systems Science, which involves making observations of each of the Earth System’s components, i.e. the atmosphere (our air), the hydrosphere and cryosphere (our waters and ice), the lithosphere (our land), the biosphere (life) and the anthroposphere (anthropogenic structures and activity). Through the lens of state-of-the-art remote sensing and in-situ analytical methodologies, we aim to push the boundaries of discovery science and answer fundamental questions regarding the Earth System. Our work also supports enterprise activities, ranging from hardware and software development to consultancy, and forms a strong basis for outreach to the wider, non-academic community.
The excellent work conducted by CEObS is underpinned by excellent infrastructure. Our state-of-the-art facilities include the Brighton Atmospheric Observatory (BAO), geochemical and environmental laboratories, an environmental genomics suite and a fleet of fixed-wing and multi-rotor small unmanned aircraft systems with a range of sensors ideally suited for geomorphological and ecological surveys. Using such infrastructure, CEObS members collaborate with an extensive array of regional, national and international partners working across all spheres of Earth Observation Science, from UK and international centres of excellence, to world renowned universities. Our members also work with national agencies, parks, trusts and museums, and have strong collaborations with industry.
The overarching aim of work conducted by the Centre for Earth Observation Science is to elucidate unknowns and answer strategic scientific questions regarding the Earth System, to address contemporary environmental and societal challenges, and provide data and information to policy makers and key stakeholders to help drive legislation, generate solutions and engender real-world impact.
We look forward to working with new collaborators and welcoming experts to the centre as members, postgraduate research students or as associates and collaborators.
Dr Kevin Wyche