The National Geoscience Data Centre (NGDC) is now certified as a trustworthy repository and has been awarded the CoreTrustSeal accreditation by the joint World Data Systems (WDS) and Data Seal of Approval (DSA) repository certification bodies.
CoreTrustSeal certifies that the NGDC is a trusted digital repository, confirming that data curated is managed and archived in such a way to preserve its long term access and use. The NGDC is recognised as the NERC Environmental Data Centre for geoscience/sub-surface data and is the first of the NERC data centres to receive this level of accreditation.
The UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme uses UK space expertise to deliver innovative solutions to real world problems across the globe. This helps some of the world’s poorest countries, while building effective partnerships that can lead to growth opportunities for British companies.
The successful projects, worth £38 million in total, are led by a diverse range or organisations from the UK’s growing space sector and include the BGS. The UK Space Agency and industry are working together to grow the UK’s share of the global space market to 10 per cent by 2030.
The BGS will lead a project called Modelling exposure through Earth observation routines (METEOR): EO-based exposure, Nepal and Tanzania. The grant is worth £2.8 million.
Target countries are Nepal and Tanzania (test countries), rolling out to all 48 least-developed ODA countries.
At present, there is a poor understanding of population exposure in developing countries, which causes major challenges when making disaster risk management decisions. METEOR takes a step-change in the application of Earth observation exposure data by developing and delivering more accurate levels of population exposure to natural hazards. Providing new ,consistent data to governments, town planners and insurance providers will promote welfare and economic development in these countries and better enable them to respond to the hazards when they do occur.
More than 70 research leaders from Heriot-Watt University and the British Geological Survey have taken part in a 'Research Connect' event as part of the research and innovation activities of the Lyell Centre.