UCL Department of Geography


MSc Remote Sensing and Environmental Mapping

The leading postgraduate programme in remote sensing and environmental mapping in the UK, looking at how data is collected on the terrestrial biosphere, atmosphere, oceans and cryosphere.

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About this degree

On this course, you will engage with the theories and practice around remote sensing, mapping and data analysis. 

Throughout your studies, you will gain an understanding of the foundational principles, technologies and applications that help us address local, regional and global challenges.

The knowledge and skills you learn will be invaluable for both a career in remote sensing and further research in academics, governmental and industry settings. 

Your studies will include learning essential coding and data anlysis techniques, helping you to understand complex information and translate it into actionable insights. 

Additionally, you will graduate with vital transferable skills including written and verbal communication, to help you take on leadership roles in the sector and more widely. 

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Who is this course for?

Who is this course for?

You will be best suited for the MSc in Remote Sensing and Environmental Mapping if you are interested in understanding and applying these tools in environmental modelling and mapping.

A background in environmental science, quantitative science, physics or engineering would be helpful.

But the programme is also ideal for students with applied undergraduate degrees such as geography, forestry and environmental management.

MSc Open Event

Hear more about the course from Professor Jon French:

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Academic Staff
Mat Disney

Professor Mathias (Mat) Disney (Convenor)

Mat leads research making 3D laser measurements of trees and forests across global ecosystems (including urban). He collaborates widely, including with space agencies, planners, NGOs and policy-makers. His work has been featured widely in the media and in public exhibitions and museums. Mat is the Convenor of the MSc Remote Sensing and  Environmental Mapping.

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Chris Brierley

Professor Chris Brierley

Chris's research revolves around the use of earth system models to answer questions about past and future climate change. His ongoing work for the Palaeoclimate Model Intercomparison (Climate of the Past, 2020) forms part of the past climate communities contribution to the upcoming Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change's 6th Assessment Report.

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Eloise Marais

Professor Eloise Marais

Eloise is a Professor of Physical Geography and the lead of the UCL Atmospheric Composition and Air Quality research group where she works with complex models and observations from space-based and ground-based platforms to determine the influence of humans on air quality, atmospheric chemistry, ecosystems and human health. 

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Dr Paul Groves

Paul is based in the Faculty of Engineering, where he specialises in robust positioning and navigation technology, including Global Navigation Satellite Systems, motion sensing and systems based on opportunistic signals. He leads the Sensors and Location module.

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Professor Mat Disney to give Fawcett Lecture

Join us on Tuesday, 21 May for Professor Disney's lecture looking at weighing trees with lasers.

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Dr Eloise Marais Has the Most-Read Article on Air Pollution from the Space Sector

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Imported giant sequoia trees are well adapted to the UK, growing at rates close to their native ranges and capturing large amounts of carbon during their long lives, finds a new study led by Professor Mat Disney (MSc Remote Sensing and Environmental Mapping) with colleagues at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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To mark International Women's Day, we are hosting a series of short talks centred on career journeys of women in geosciences.

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