National Earth Observation Centres move to Leeds

The Centre for the Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics (COMET) and the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) moved to the School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds this month. The centres will receive over £5 million in core Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funding over the next 5 years.

COMET, directed by CGS academic Prof. Tim Wright and including scientists from Leeds, Oxford, Cambridge, Reading, UCL, Bristol and Glasgow, exploits satellite data to model tectonic and volcanic processes.

CPOM, directed by Prof. Andy Shepherd and including scientists from Leeds, UCL, Bristol and Reading, measures changes to ice sheets and glaciers in order to study the impacts of climate change.

Both centres will analyse data from the recently launched European Space Agency Sentinel-1A satellite, which allows detection of millimetre-scale changes to the Earth’s surface.

Professor Tim Wright said: “Today’s changes mark a new chapter in the history of CPOM and COMET. It presents a golden opportunity for the scientific community to better exploit the growing volume of data collected by satellite sensors, placing the University of Leeds at the heart of the government’s strategy to drive economic growth through investment in space technologies.”

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Read the detailed article on the CGS website by clicking here.

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