University of Leicester space scientist Professor John Remedios has been announced as the future Director of the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO), a research centre utilising satellite data to boost our understanding of the environment.
He will take up his appointment with effect from 1 October 2014.
The National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) undertakes a world class programme of strategic research to improve our understanding of how the planet works and to enable better predictions of how the environment will change.
NCEO is one of the six research centres of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and has been in existence since 2008; these centres sustain national capability in NERC’s core science disciplines and facilitate research in the wider community.
Professor Remedios will develop a new scientific and strategic programme for NCEO to commence on 1October 2014. This will include key observations from satellites of the changing Earth, critical evaluation of Earth system models with satellite data, and development of new satellite missions.
Professor Remedios said: “I am delighted to be taking up this exciting position within an NCEO which has a core remit to exploit data from satellites for Earth system science. Satellite observations have and will continue to transform our understanding of environmental change. “
An atmosphere scientist by training, John is Professor and Head of Earth Observation Science at the University of Leicester where he is currently Leader of the Environment, Energy & Climate Change theme within the College of Science & Engineering.
He has research interests in climate data sets, surface temperature change, land-atmosphere interactions and atmospheric composition change, and has played a prominent role in Earth observation missions such as the Along Track Scanning Radiometers.
John Remedios said: “The appointment will involve the University of Leicester providing the leadership and Directorate for the new NCEO. It will highlight Leicester’s credentials as a community champion, serving the wider research world. It will also increase Leicester’s profile as a strategic partner in key national collaborative initiatives for public and economic benefit.
“Leicester is already known for its impact in the use of satellite data for business support and government advice where Space and Earth Observation are seen as key technologies for the future.
“Whilst this appointment is a personal honour, it also reflects the huge success of Earth Observation Science research at the University of Leicester in the last decade.”
University of Leicester Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Bob Burgess said: “ I am delighted to congratulate John Remedios on his appointment as Director of the National Centre for Earth Observation. It will be tremendous to have this Centre located in Leicester as it will enhance our research strength.”
Chief Executive of the Natural Environment Research Council, Duncan Wingham, said, “I will be delighted to welcome John to NERC when he takes up his new position in October and I look forward to working with him in planning the future of NCEO.”
The coincident leadership of two national centres will mean that Leicester will provide a national focal point for Earth Observation in the UK; the University is already the lead academic partner in the Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation.
NCEO will work closely with sector partners such as the Met Office, the UK Space Agency, the Satellite Applications Catapult and the European Space Agency to maximise the value of Earth Observation satellites for environmental research, government policy development, and business support.