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NERC Airborne Research & Survey Facility
Airborne remote sensing provides an efficient method for the rapid collection of data over a specified area; consequently it is a cost effective means of monitoring the terrestrial, freshwater, marine and atmospheric environments, provides a transitionary scale with which to validate satellite data and enables the rapid acquisition of data for sudden or unexpected events, such as floods and earthquakes. Since 1983 the facility has supported a wide range of applications, including environmental science, geomorphology, archaeology, ecology, geologic surveying, pollution control and disaster management.

The ARSF operations team collect data from a Dornier 228 research aircraft (G-ENVR) based at Gloucester Airport. Data are processed by our data analysis team at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory and are archived at the National Earth Observation Data Centre (NEODC). Currently the ARSF provides radiometrically corrected hyperspectral data from the AISA Fenix and Owl instruments; ground height information from the Leica ALS50-II; and digital photography. Additionally our atmospheric instrument capability complements that offered by the NERC Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements.

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