Sentinel-1A satellite serves study of earth

The UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has awarded the University of Leeds £5 million to host and lead two national centres for studying the Earth from space.

ESA - Sentinel-1

ESA – Sentinel-1

These two centres – the Centre for the Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics (COMET) and the Centre for Polar Observation & Modelling (CPOM) – moved to the University of Leeds on 1 April 2014.

Scientists in CPOM, says the university, are gearing up to analyse the first images to be acquired by the European Space Agency’s Earth observation satellite Sentinel-1A, which is due to be launched on 3 April 2014.

The images will give scientists the first sight of how the polar ice sheets have changed since the demise of EnviSat – Europe’s last environmental satellite mission – in 2012.

“This is an exciting time for Leeds to be taking the driving seat in Earth observation, with the upcoming launch of the Sentinel-1A satellite,” said Professor Andy Shepherd from the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds and Director of CPOM.

“We will soon have unprecedented views of our planet from space that will allow us to detect millimetre-scale movements of the Earth’s crust and ice fields as they change over time.”

Image: ESA, Sentinel-1

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