Environmental Data Production and Commodification


The London NERC DTP is hosting a one-week course on Environmental Data Production and Commodification, using facilities at the NERC Airborne Research Facility (ARF) and Field Spectroscopy Facility (FSF), and Rezatec ltd. The course will develop your skills to be able to identify, collect, interpret and commodify environmental data. Through a mixture of lectures, demonstrations and practical classes, the course will cover field spectroscopy, airborne remote-sensing, satellite Earth Observation, ground data, interpreting environmental data, understanding the commercial markets and how to develop your own environmental data products for market.

13th – 17th February 2017

Cambridge, London, Oxford

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The week-long programme includes:

  • Introduction to Satellite Data and Field Spectroscopy (NERC Airborne Research Facility, Cambridge)
  • Understanding instrumentation for ground-truthing data collection (Kings College London)
  • EO data processing and formatting (Kings College London)
  • Two-day residential placement on finding real-world solutions with big data at the Satellite Applications Catapult (Rezatec Ltd, Harwell)

The course is fully-funded and free to attend.


  • Monday 13th: Visit the NERC ARF and FSF in Cambridge. Learn how remote sensed data is collected and calibrated.
  • Tuesday 14th: Working at King’s College Electronics Laboratory, learn how to use field spectrometers, sensors and data loggers to ground-truth EO data.
  • Wednesday 15th: Learn how to take raw data collected by the ARF aircraft to generate spectral reflectance and surface temperature maps. Travel to Harwell in Oxford in the evening.
  • Thursday 16th: At Harwell in Oxford, learn from experts at Rezatec about how to identify markets for environmental data and design bespoke products.
  • Friday 17th: Learn about product specification, economics, design and testing. Try out the BioClim data platform as a case-study in environmental data commodification.

  • Eligibility

    Environmental Data Production and Commodification is open to all UK PhD or MSc students whose research would benefit from innovation training in remote sensing.

    Key Dates

    • Applications Open: Wednesday 7th December
    • Deadline for Applications: Friday 20th January 4pm

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