The NERC Earth Observation Data Analysis and Artificial-Intelligence Service (NEODAAS) provides a range of services to support the use of Earth Observation (EO) within the UK research community and beyond.

The following key services are offered:

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Operational satellite data processing for the scientific community

Data from the latest satellite passes from a number of sensors such as OLCI, VIIRS and AVHRR are downloaded each day and processed into a range of products using custom processing chains developed by NEODAAS.

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Development of new products

We work with researchers from a number of institutes to ensure NEODAAS products reflect the state-of-the-art and fulfil current and future needs of the community. NEODAAS staff are frequently involved in other research projects at Plymouth Marine Laboratory, covering a range of topics. Being able to take new products, incorporate into operational processing and offer to the wider community is a key function of NEODAAS.
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Near real-time support and rapid response using satellite data

The data ingestion and processing systems within NEODAAS allow data to be processed within hours of being made available by a data provider allowing us to support projects requiring near real-time (NRT). For example, NEODAAS regularly support research cruises by supplying daily ‘bulletins’ which make use of satellite data and our expertise to provide an overview of the area around the current cruise ship position. NEODAAS is also able to rapidly acquire and process data to support current events such as blooms, volcano eruptions, fires or oil spills. Click here to access our data.

Airborne data processing

Incorporating what was the NERC Airborne Research Facility Data Analysis Node, NEODAAS use software developed in-house to process airborne hyperspectral, thermal, LiDAR and digital photography data from the suite of instruments managed by the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO).

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Support and training

NEODAAS staff are able to offer advice on a wide range of topics related to Earth Observation and AI, from choosing the best sensors and algorithms for your area of interest and assistance interpreting data to practical advice on data processing, including optimising algorithms to run on large datasets. We do this through one-to-one training and by organising our own training courses and contributing sessions to other programs. 

Additionally, NEODAAS staff often participate in outreach activities to help train the next generation of EO scientists. Please contact us if you are interested in NEODAAS training or outreach.

Artificial Intelligence Service

NEODAAS has a team of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) experts that can consult, advise and provide support on the development of AI workflows and tools for Earth Observation. Coupled with access to NEODAAS data services and the support we can provide, this aids researchers in applying state-of-the-art AI solutions and ML approaches to Earth observation.


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NEODAAS provides autonomous instrumentation for measurement of above-water reflectance. The service includes remote installation support and data processing.

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Code Optimisation Service

NEODAAS offers support for optimising Earth Observation applications. Our experts can work with you to identify the best approach to improve the efficiency of your software, reducing processing time and energy usage where possible. Portable solutions can be developed to ensure the software can be run on your chosen infrastructure. Training materials can also be made available to enable you to maintain and develop the optimised code and apply the new techniques to future software.