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Catapult extends UK Centres of Excellence network to South West

'Approaching the coast' image courtesy of ESA/NASA 

PML is to be a partner of the new Satellite Applications Catapult South West Centre of Excellence.

The Satellite Applications Catapult has announced this week the addition of two more Centres of Excellence in satellite applications to its network, as it continues to broaden its regional engagement and support the sector's growth in the UK.

The two new centres are being established to support the South West and South Coast of England. PML is a partner of the new South West Centre of Excellence, providing expertise and research focusing on the use of Earth observation in environmental monitoring.

The expanded network of Catapult Centres of Excellence demonstrates that the application of satellites provides business opportunities across the United Kingdom, and follow a significant upturn in regional engagement over the past two years through the existing Centres. The two new Centres will also create opportunity for organisations not currently engaging with satellite data and technology in their business, market sector or region to capitalise on satellite-derived applications and solutions.

PML Head of Science for Earth Observation science Steve Groom commented:

“I am really pleased to hear of the success in the South West Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications. It should provide excellent opportunities for the partnership to engage with industrial partners  who can make use of satellite information. This is important for growing the local economy in the south west. PML will bring its world-class expertise in Earth Observation data as part of the centre".

The South West Centre’s partners include: University of Exeter, Plymouth University, Falmouth University, MET Office, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Goonhilly Earth Station and Rothamsted Research. Its market focus areas cover Agritech, Maritime and eHealth.

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