2018 Earth Engine User Conference Report

by  Alejandro Coca and Kris Chan

PhD student Alejandro Coca-Castro and Researcher/Teaching Fellow Kris Chan attended and presented at the Google Earth Engine (GEE) user conference summit held in Dublin, Ireland (June 12th – 14th, 2018). This blogpost highlights the main context of this three-day technical workshop and describes the key aspects both EOES members’ took from the discussion.

Fig 1. Kris and Alejandro volunteered for a 3-min fast burn lighting talk in behalf of EOES research hub activities.

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Data-driven revolution in Earth Observation (EO) research

PhD student and King’s EOES member Alejandro Coca-Castro attended Europe’s premier geosciences event, The European Geoscience Union (EGU) General Assembly, which was held in Vienna, Austria (April 8th – 13th, 2018). Alejandro contributed to the EGU’s session: “Information extraction from satellite Earth observations using data-driven methods” with a 12-min presentation of the main progress of the 2nd year of his PhD research at King’s. This blog post summarises the key context of the session as well as describing the main facts of Alejandro’s work related to the application of a novel data-driven algorithm based on deep learning principles for land cover classification.

Fig 1. Alejandro introducing of the underlying concepts behind the applied data-driven method for large-scale land cover classification. Photo by Alöis Tilloy.

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Monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals with the huge Remote Sensing archives

PhD student and King’s EOES member Alejandro Coca-Castro attended Europe’s premier geosciences event, The European Geoscience Union (EGU) General Assembly, which was held in Vienna, Austria (April 24th – 28th, 2017). The main role of Alejandro’s attendance was to contribute to the EGU’s PICO session: “Monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals with the huge Remote Sensing archives” with a 2-min- speed presentation of the preliminary results of the 1st year of his PhD at King’s. This blog post summarises the key context of the session as well as describing the main facts of Alejandro’s presentation.

Figure 1. Every year, the EGU holds a General Assembly in Vienna where different disciplines in geoscientific research (e.g. volcanology, atmosphere, climate, energy and the Earth’s resources) congregate. Source: EGU blog (2017).

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3D models and measurements: A new way to characterize forests and reinterpret satellite imagery

Dr Mathias Disney presented ‘New ways of looking at old forests: detecting ecosystem change using 3D measurements and models.’ at  Space – the final frontier for biodiversity monitoring? Symposium (ZSL, Meeting Rooms, London, 29 April 2016). Photo: Claudia Gutierrez

Dr Mathias Disney presented ‘New ways of looking at old forests: detecting ecosystem change using 3D measurements and models.’ at Space – the final frontier for biodiversity monitoring? Symposium (ZSL, Meeting Rooms, London, 29 April 2016). Photo: Claudia Gutierrez

From 3D films to 3D prints, three-dimensional representations are looking to portray objects or images as close as possible to reality – at least from human perspective. Dr Mathias Disney (University College London) and collaborators are doing just this with forests around the world. Continue reading

Moving forward to a Global Observing System for Biodiversity

This piece is part of a series by the King’s EOES group reporting on the ‘Space – the final frontier for biodiversity monitoring?’ Symposium hosted by ZSL on Friday 29th April 2016.

By Alejandro Coca-Castro

What are the partners from the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) doing regarding the development of a Global Observing System for Biodiversity? Among their big challenges, the definition of Essential Biodiversity Variables Continue reading