Springwatch and GEO-Business Update!

Exciting News! Pixalytics made its television debut last night on BBC2’s Springwatch programme as part of a feature on plankton. We were asked to put together a video from satellite imagery showing the progress of a phytoplankton bloom around European waters for this spring, and it was shown alongside an interview with Dr Richard Kirby who we partner with on the Secchi Disk project. The video looked great on the programme and it was fantastic to see it, and for us to be name checked! Who knows where this television stardom might lead ….

The first day of Geo-Business 2014 was excellent! The Coastal and Hydrographic session at the conference had a great attendance, and Sam’s presentation on using Satellite Altimetry to determine water height

Geo-Business 2014 Conference!

Geo-Business 2014 Conference!

was really well received; a number of people are already wanting more information on the product, something we’ll be following up over the next few days.

The conference had a number of other interesting presentations, starting with keynote address by Neil Ackroyd from Ordnance Survey. His concepts of ‘data in itself isn’t enough’ and ‘look to simplify, rather than complicate, data’ really struck a chord with Sam, as this fits with the goals of our company in terms of making remote sensing data available to everyone without the need for specialist knowledge.

A later presentation from Carla Filitoco gave a positive snapshot of the current Earth Observation market. She highlighted the expected annual growth of 7% in downstream activities by 2015, which is great for those of us working in the sector – we’re hoping to beat that growth target ourselves!

In addition there were some interesting workshops, and it was the chance to catch up with old colleagues, and to meet new ones. Tomorrow we’ve got a number of meetings set up with fellow attendee’s, and are looking forward to developing some longer term relationships.

GEO-Business 2014 has been a well organised and popular conference, supported by a good variety of exhibitors. This looks like it’s going to become a regular event, and we’ll definitely be back! Anyone who is at the conference today and wants to catch up, get in touch by twitter or LinkedIn, we’d love to see you.

Geo-Business 2014!

We’re on a company road trip this week! By the time you read this blog we will both be attending the Geo-Business 2014 event at the Business Design Centre in London – technically my attendance will be dependent on trains as I won’t be arriving until Wednesday morning.

As we highlighted last week we’re at the conference to promote our new service of the virtual water gauge. At the very moment this blog is published to the world, Sam will in the Coastal and Hydrographic Session preparing to give her presentation on Using satellite altimetry to measure water height in estuaries, rivers and lakes – she’s due to talk at 12.50pm in Room A, so you’ve still got time to get there.

Sam’s presentation will look the sites where she’s used satellite based radar altimeters to determine water heights. The first study site was the Congo river, where we had the European/USA Jason-2 mission tracks intersecting the river at several locations, and the requirement was for a long time-series analysis plus the potential for new data collection going forward. Sam also looked at the extensive flooding in the Somerset Levels in south-west UK, from the end of 2013 to early 2014. In this instance, the location was covered by the 2013 launched India-France SARAL/AltiKa mission, and the result showed the depth of flood water being in the 2-4 m range, which seems to agree with personal reports (on the news yesterday morning there was an article where the depth of flood water was described as around 10 foot). Future work involves increasing the data density, and hence confidence in the height estimates, by including the ESA CryoSat-2 mission that was launched in 2010.

There’s a rich conference programme at the event which Sam will be visiting, plus over 80 commercial workshops to continue my professional development in all things geospatial. We’ve also got meetings arranged with a number of exhibitors to discuss how we might be able to work together in the future. If you’re at Geo-Business and want to catch up with us to discuss virtual water gauge or any earth observation issues, get in touch via Twitter at @pixalytics or on LinkedIn. We’d love to see you!

We’ve also decided that this will be a two blog week. We’ll give you an update on how things have gone on the first day of Geo-Business with Sam’s presentation, plus we’ve also got some exciting news to announce on a collaboration we’ve been working on recently. See you tomorrow …