Earth and planetary observation and monitoring (EPOM)

3D Model, derived from Hexakopter photography, showing a Coastal Landslide at Aldbrough, East Riding of Yorkshire.

Remote Sensing Lab - BGS Keyworth

This team utilises a wide range of earth observation techniques across applications. The development and application of remote sensing data and techniques focuses on:

A wide range of data are used in our research including:

  • Landsat, ASTER and Radarsat for UK and international projects
  • national baseline data, such as aerial photography and elevation models of the UK
  • airborne hyperspectral for mineral waste mapping and future CO2 storage monitoring (ARSF)
  • Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) terrain models with THEMIS day and night thermal imagery

We have a world class remote sensing facility with state-of-the-art processing systems and expertise:

  • member of European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL)
  • synthetic aperture radar (GAMMA/SAR, PUNET)
  • digital photogrammetry (BAE Socet and GXP)
  • image processing (ENVI, ERDAS)
  • 3D visualisation (Geovisionary)

Our research interests include the following themes

  • Geohazards
    • landslides
    • volcanology
    • International Charter project manager
  • Environmental change and impacts
    • CO2 storage monitoring
    • mine waste mapping
  • Information and environmental modelling
    • BGS•SIGMAmobile
    • Geovisionary
  • Energy, minerals and waste
    • mineral exploration
    • mineral mapping
  • Geological and geophysical survey
    • geological mapping
    • ground truthing



Earth Observation for Monitoring and Observing Environmental and Societal Impacts of Mineral Resources Exploitation


European Volcano Observatory Space Services

furturevolc logoFUTUREVOLC

European volcanological supersite in Iceland

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Space and major disasters

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GMES downstream to enable free access to geohazard information

planet volc picture Planetary volcanism

Studies into volcanism on Mars


Strengthening Resilience in Volcanic Areas.

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GMES downstream for subsidence hazards in coastal lowland areas

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ESA GMES pan-European ground motion hazard information service

UAV gas detection systemUnmanned aerial vehicle – gas modelling
Development of a small UAV gas detection system aimed at the energy sector

Student Research Projects

The BGS works alongside universities, co-funding student research projects in volcanology through BUFI (BGS and Universities Funding Initiative)


Contact Colm Jordan for more information.