UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


Global Monitoring and Security

Module Tutor: Prof. J. P. Muller, Dr M. Disney

Module: 15 credits

Department: Space and Climate Physics

The module provides an introduction to the current state-of-the-art in Global Monitoring of Environment and Security (which is the EU/ESA name for the Group on Earth Observations, GEO).

The aims of the module are:

  • To define the objectives of a GMES system within the context of the GEOSS (Global Earth Observation System of Systems) and its nine societal benefit areas.
  • To describe the scientific underpinning for many of these societal benefit areas, including improved weather forecasting, the monitoring of climate change and the monitoring and prediction of natural hazards.
  • To investigate the needs for EO monitoring of human security concerned with transmigration of people, diseases and animals and what remote sensing tools and techniques exist to address these needs.
  • To study the requirements for accurate calibration and validation of instruments to be able to address the needs of GMES, especially related to long-term monitoring.
  • To describe the fundamental principles of data and system inter-operability and to explore the role of OGC protocols within GMES.
  • To assess the progress of the GEOSS 10 year Implementation Plan in the context of international programmes.