Pest Risk Information Service (PRISE)
An estimated 40% of the world’s crops are lost to pests. This impacts the ability of smallholders living in poor rural communities to feed their families. More broadly, it affects food supply chains, international trade and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. PRISE will create a pest risk forecasting system...Read more...
Modelling Crop Yield using EO data
Assimila is working with University College London, Beijing Normal University and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences to develop a system for improving crop yield simulation and prediction. The team is building on our previous work developing systems to improve land surface parameter estimation from EO data using data assimilation...Read more...
Modelling crop pest risks in China
Assimila is working with CAB International and the Chinese Academy of sciences on a Newton Fund project developing a system for crop pest risk modelling in China. The first phase of the project involves a feasibility study with two main objectives: first to use EO data to model crop damage...Read more...
Crop pest and disease warning
The project is concerned with developing agri‐environmental services for developing countries by bringing together data on crop pests and diseases in the CABI Knowledge Bank with weather data and other environmental sources of information, including satellite data, freely available on the Internet. The resulting information will be used...Read more...
Optirad
OPTIRAD (OPTImisation environment for joint retrieval of multi-sensor RADiances) aims to advance the state of the art in EO data assimilation in land surface processes. The project will build on existing tools and research results (EO-LDAS) to use EO data to improve estimation of some key environmental parameters, notably land...Read more...
Developing a Videowall
The Reading E-Science centre is constructing a videowall for science communication, to conduct research into the discipline of data visualisation and as an analytical tool. Assimila assisted in the specification and procurement of the videowall hardware. Assimila is also producing EO visualisation demonstrators to be loaded onto the wall when...Read more...
MELODIES Project
MELODIES is a Framework 7 project funded by the European Union. The aim of the project is to develop a technological platform for the development of environmental services using open data. Eight services will be developed using this platform. Jon Styles is leading the project's Sustainability...Read more...
Piracy Prevention and Commercial Navigation in Insecure Waters
The PROTECT feasibility study examines existing systems and infrastructure in conjunction with applicable space based assets to provide improved situation awareness to both on-board and shore based stakeholders, based on real-time integration of information. Assimila’s role is to advise on the capabilities of satellite earth observation data.Read more...
Earth Observation for Food Security
Urgent action is needed to tackle the challenges associated with feeding a rapidly increasing global population. The ‘perfect storm’ of rising population, increasing prosperity, climate change and resource scarcity poses an unprecedented challenge for sustainable production of food with the right level of nutrition and minimal environmental impact. The study...Read more...
Survey of the European EO downstream industry
The European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC) has recently completed a comprehensive survey of the size and health of the European Earth observation downstream industry – the first such analysis that has been undertaken since 2007. The analysis charts the evolution of the industry in financial and employment terms,...Read more...
European Space Agency Data Assimilation Projects
The Data Assimilation Projects - run by the UK National Centre for Earth Observation hosted by University of Reading - focus on developing emerging data assimilation techniques for use with highly complex climate models and Earth observation data. The work includes fundamental theory of data assimilation, development of data assimilation...Read more...
Emissions Monitoring Service
Assimila is part of the team led by Astrium Service developing a greenhouse monitoring service that is based on an advanced modelling and data assimilation system developed at the University of Edinburgh. Assimila is managing the scientific contributions to the project and supported the logistics and development of visualisations for...Read more...
ISIC Visualization Centre
Assimila is providing project management support to NCEO for the development of the ISIC Visualisation Centre. ISIC (the International Space Innovation Centre) is being built at the Science and Technology Facilities Council Harwell Campus and will form a focus for EO activities in the UK. Assimila is responsible for managing...Read more...
Earth System Modelling Strategy
Assimila carried out an audit of Earth System Modelling (ESM) activities funded by NERC. The audit included a review of UK capabilities in ESM model and component development and use. Assimila then facilitated a high level Strategy Group which, in collaboration with the Met Office, used the audit results to...Read more...
Earth Observation Land Data Assimilation
Assimila managed the EO-LDAS project which developed a scheme to assimilate multi-sensor optical Earth Observation data with a land surface model. The project produced a software suite written in Python to allow EO data to be optimally integrated to generate land surface products.Read more...
Biodiversity Research Programme Review
Assimila assisted TeamProjects in their preparation for a review of Defra’s Biodiversity Research Programme. Assimila provided an assessment of this research to deliver recommendations for the future management of the research programme.Read more...
Quality Standards
Assimila is supporting the Royal Meteorological Society in the refinement and testing of a set of quality standards for UK meteorological service providers. The revised quality and audit guidelines have been developed through a dry-run implementation involving volunteer meteorological service providers.Read more...
Review of GECC
Assimila undertook a review of the Global Environmental Change Committee (GECC) for DECC. The review was based on a consultation of GECC members and stakeholders and identified how well the GECC had been meeting its aims and objectives, recommending changes where appropriate.Read more...
GMES Downstream Sector Study (2008)
Assimila supported ECORYS in a study for DG-Enterprise on the competitiveness of the GMES downstream sector. Assimila was responsible for an assessment of the overall economic performance of the sector, benchmarking with respect to competitors in the US and identification of the impacts of the GMES programme on the industry’s...Read more...
Programme Management
Assimila is providing Programme Management services for the National Centre for Earth Observation.Read more...
Mapping Study of Coordination Bodies
Assimila undertook a review of coordination bodies in environmental science. The purpose of the review was to identify gaps and overlaps in coordination in order that ERFF may target its activities more effectively.Read more...
Costing Review
Assimila provided a costing methodology and template as part of an assessment of UK expenditure on environmental observations.Read more...
GlobModel project management
Assimila managed the GlobModel project for the European Space Agency. The purpose of Globmodel was to identify opportunities to increase the uptake of Earth Observation data in scientific and operational Earth System Modeling.Read more...
UK Capabilities for GMES
Assimila supported LogicaCMG to provide an assessment of UK facilities and capabilities relevant to the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security programme. The project provided evidence to the British National Space Centre’s case for industrial support to GMES.Read more...
BNSC International Cooperation Programme
Assimila led a project funded by the BNSC to foster collaboration between the UK EO community and CONAE, the Argentinean Space Agency, with a specific focus on the upcoming SAOCOM satellite constellation.Read more...
EO Strategy and GMES Support
Assimila is supporting Defra in the development of its Earth Observation strategy and in communicating the applications and benefits of EO within Defra. Assimila is also responsible for Defra’s engagement programme with UK stakeholders in GMES.Read more...