Scottish technology firm Ecometrica has joined forces with a leading space research institution to monitor the impact of natural disasters and man-made events on the environment.

The Edinburgh-based firm, which uses images from satellites for  applications including mapping global deforestation, has signed up to the Space Research and Innovation Network for Technology (SPRINT) to access expertise from the University of Surrey. to analyse satellite data for monitoring sustainable development goals and climate resilience.

The project will develop methods to bring together earth observation data from different sources to monitor vulnerability to and recovery from natural disasters.

Case studies will include flooding in Mexico and natural and man-made events in Brazil.

Dr Richard Tipper, executive chairman of Ecometrica, said: “We are excited at the possibilities of working with the University of Surrey, both on environmental monitoring and further developments around the resilience constellation. We look forward to a long and fruitful collaboration.”

Professor Richard Murphy, director of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Surrey, said: “As the world wakes up to the scale and urgency of the sustainability issues we are facing, we are truly delighted to be working in partnership with Ecometrica as a pioneering UK company in this area. 

The £4.8 million SPRINT programme provides access to university space expertise and facilities to help businesses develop new commercial products for space and other key sectors. 

SPRINT is supported by Research England and the Scottish Funding Council. It is being delivered by a consortium of five of the UK’s leading space universities, led by the University of Leicester and including the University of Edinburgh, The Open University, University of Southampton and University of Surrey.

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