We are pleased to share the news that NEODAAS has been recommissioned for a further 7 years.

In a £70 million investment into seven Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) facilities that host environmental analytical facilities, field equipment and expertise, NEODAAS’ importance to the environmental science community has once again been recognised.

With this funding, it will be able to continue to provide expertise, support and training on Earth observation data processing and analysis, as well as provide support for researchers using Artificial Intelligence with Earth observation data, to meet the ever advancing needs of environmental scientists in the years to come.

Steve Groom, Head of the NEODAAS service and Head of Science for Earth Observation at PML, said:

“We are thrilled about the recommission for a further 7 years. The service is vital to support world-class environmental research undertaken across the UK. NEODAAS has a new name in ‘NERC Earth Observation Data Analysis and Artificial-Intelligence Service’ reflecting the growing importance of AI in Earth Observation building on the service that NEODAAS first established in 2021.”

“Recommissioned NEODAAS has a wider range of services from “traditional” provision of EO data, near-real time guidance of research cruises and support of airborne sensor data processing, with an increasing focus on code optimisation in EO for carbon-saving towards net-zero, deployment of autonomous above water radiometers and  guidance of autonomous surface or underwater vehicles”.

The investment into NERC’s Scientific Support and Facilities portfolio, which can be read in more detail here, will enable UK researchers to continue to access the pool of field and analytical equipment, which underpins the UK’s environmental science. This commissioning round of scientific support and facilities will continue until March 2031.

Professor Peter Liss, Interim Executive Chair of NERC, said:

“NERC is committed to fostering ambitious world-leading research in environmental sciences, including investing in the UK’s national capability in environmental science analytical facilities, plus support and research equipment for fieldwork.

“This significant investment in NERC’s Scientific Support and Facilities portfolio will ensure that our facilities can continue to provide the expertise and support to continue to meet demand from the environmental science community over the next seven years”.

If you are a UK environmental scientist and would like more information about how Earth observation data can support your science then please email helpdesk@neodaas.ac.uk.

Further Information

Read more about the Natural Environment Research Councils’ Scientific Support and Facilities portfolio investment

Find out more about NEODAAS’ AI capabilities in this video