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Case Studies

SSGP runs regular UK competitions to showcase the benefits that satellite applications can bring to the UK Government. Competition winners from industry and academia usually run a year-long project.

The competitions demonstrate SSGP's brief to:

  • Help the public sector through the creation of sustainable operational services
  • Enable smarter, more efficient operations, reduce risk and enhance policy making
  • Overcome the barriers to using space in the public sector and make more intelligent decisions.

Click on the links to find out more about our SSGP projects.



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Name Year Technology Utilised Thematic Area
Rezatec – Using Earth observation for efficient and effective peatland assessment 2016 Earth observation (EO) Local Authorities and Devolved Administrations
Plymouth Marine Laboratory – Earth observation: Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) monitoring, ecosystem capacity, natural capital valuation 2016 Earth observation (EO) – optical and radar Environment
Stevenson Astrosat – eXude – Urban Flood & Drainage Monitoring 2016 Earth observation (EO) Natural Hazards
Telespazio VEGA – Development of operational national satellite imaging flood mapping capability 2016 Earth observation (EO) Natural Hazards
Rezatec – Space Applications for Precision Plant Health Information, Response & Evaluation (SAPPHIRE) (Phase 1) 2016 Earth observation (EO), Satellite Navigation Environment
ADAS and Airbus DS – Earth Observation to support Catchment Sensitive Farming 2015 Earth observation (EO) – optical and radar Environment
Assimila Ltd. and Terreflexion Ltd. – Business Case Development for a Centre of Excellence for the Defra Network 2015 Earth observation (EO) Environment
Environment Systems Ltd., Team projects Ltd. and sarmap SA – Developing an operational service, using SAR data, for routine monitoring of land management in the uplands 2015 Earth observation (EO) – optical and radar Environment
Environment Systems Ltd – Use of EO for Greening the CAP and Compliance Checking 2015 Earth observation (EO) Environment
Airbus – Hub and Spoke Data / Mapping Service 2015 Earth observation (EO) Environment
Building on Rezatec’s existing technology investment in Earth observation-derived solutions to map, measure and monitor peatland integrity, the project explored how Sentinel Earth Observation and ground-based data layers can be combined to create a landscape intelligence tool, focusing on depicting peatland integrity across water catchments.
This project aims to develop an innovative, interactive web-based visualisation tool that uses Earth observation data on phytoplankton, particularly ocean-colour data, to generate new products that serve and inform statutory marine monitoring requirements, ecosystem service capacity assessments and natural capital capacity accounting.
In both the UK and internationally, flood management is becoming an evermore important issue, with rising sea levels and less predictable weather systems increasing the risk of floods – particularly in low lying plains. Significant flood events in the UK are an annual occurrence, most notably on the Somerset Levels, resulting in large damage costs and a need to allocate an ever-increasing budget to prevention efforts.
The objective of the project is to meet the specific challenge set by the Environment Agency (EA) for flood delineation within the "Other" challenge area. The project aims to meet an expressed Cabinet Office (CO)/COBR requirement for rapid national level flood mapping (which will also have broader applications) by leveraging the recent government investment in a near real time (NRT) all weather (radar) satellite imagery reception capability in the UK.
This project will enable Rezatec to work with Forest Research (FR) to explore the feasibility of differentiating tree species of interest and their typical annual phenological pattern through this project SAPPHIRE. This effort will be focussed on mapping the distribution of different broadleaved species within selected study sites and are afflicted with newly introduced forest pests.
The aim of this project was to begin to encourage the uptake of Earth Observation (EO) applications by the Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) community. Potential users of this technology, including land managers, water utilities and various regulatory agencies attended stakeholder workshops, completed questionnaires and undertook interviews to identify user needs and generate requirements.
The aim of this project was to explore with Defra and the wider Defra Network the opportunities that could arise from creating a “Centre of Excellence” for Earth Observation (EO). The aim of the Centre would be to promote the use of EO satellite data in a more integrated and cost-effective way.
The aim of this project was to establish an operational monitoring programme to track the environmental impacts of land management in the English uplands. Efforts were focused on two aspects: confirmation of the feasibility of using radar imagery to detect moorland burns from SAR data (specifically from Sentinel-1), and establishing the workflows required to create an operational system.
The aim of this project was to address how new ‘greening’ rules can be met through the use of Earth observation. These new greening rules will become part of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), set to replace the current Single Payment Scheme (SPS) from 2015 onwards.
The aim of this project was to propose a new way of working to fully exploit the potential of Earth Observation (EO) within Defra. Defra, and the wider public sector, are currently being pushed to support the growth of the UK economy, whilst simultaneously achieving more with less.