The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) attended Cheltenham Science Festival and demonstrated how satellites can be used to observe the Earth’s surface. As one of the UK’s most prestigious and popular science festivals, the event was an ideal setting to explain the work of NPL, and to give the public the opportunity to see the Earth from a… Read More

MetEOC-2 partners have produced the first annual MetEOC-2 newsletter, detailing some of the activities undertaken in 2015 within the MetEOC-2 programme.… Read More

A proposal for a follow-on phase of this project (MetEOC-3) is currently being planned. Ideas from the community relating to priority needs, particularly where metrology support to an existing international project is desired, are welcome… Read More

NPL’s Joanne Nightingale is currently serving as an invited Science Advisory Panel (SAP) member for Alberta’s Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Agency (AEMERA) and recently attended a SAP meeting in Edmonton, Canada, to review the current science implementation strategy.… Read More

The CEOS-WGCV-IVOS meeting in Toulouse, France, was attended by more than 40 world experts from space agencies and associated industry across the globe, with additional attendance remotely via the internet. NPL was well-represented, with Nigel Fox chairing the Infrared and Visible Optical Sensors (IVOS) subgroup, and Javier Gorroño presenting work on using pseudo-invariant calibration sites… Read More

Scientists from NPL’s Earth Observation, Climate and Optical (ECO) group have recently installed the Cryogenic Solar Absolute Radiometer (CSAR) at the Physikalisch-Meteorologisches Observatorium Davos / World Radiation Center (PMOD/WRC) in Switzerland. CSAR was developed in close collaboration with PMOD/WRC and METAS (NMI Switzerland). As a cryogenic radiometer, CSAR provides a direct link to the International… Read More

NPL’s Joanne Nightingale was an invited presenter at the University of Edinburgh seminar series in GIS, Remote Sensing, and Geo-Informatics that was organised by the Edinburgh Earth Observatory in conjunction with the Association for Geographic Information, Scotland. The seminar covered work carried out within the TREES (TRaceability in tErrestrial vEgetation Sensors and biophysical products) group… Read More

Emma delivered a training course on Metrology for Earth Observation to the Academy of Opto-Electronics, AOE, in Beijing, and Nigel Fox met with CMA (the Chinese Met Office). They also visited the Chinese RadCalNet site (radiometric calibration network of instrumented test sites), belonging to AOE (Academy of Opto-Electronics) in Baotou, Inner Mongolia.… Read More

Tracy Scanlon visited the Railroad Valley RadCalNet site, Nevada. She accompanied a team from the University of Arizona who utilise the radiometric test site for the vicarious calibration of instruments on-board satellites. The methods used in both measuring the site and propagating the surface measurements to Top-of-Atmosphere will aid in developing a robust and complete… Read More

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) published an extensive report Metrology for Climate – Metrology priorities for the earth observation and climate community, containing the recommendations from international research organisations on the role of metrology in supporting climate research. The report summarises the workshop ‘Metrology for Climate’  hosted by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) on 21-22 May 2015, organised in conjunction with technical… Read More