Earth Observation Careers Day

On Wednesday 13 February, the UK Space Agency held an Earth Observation Careers Day at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Didcot.

Secondary school students were able to learn about the wide range of career opportunities that utilise satellite data to monitor and manage the planet.  The event showcased the diverse careers available in this sector and the types of companies who carry out this work.

Students received talks from professionals at all stages of their career, followed by a careers carousel to learn about different organisations.

The JBA Trust’s interactive augmented reality sandbox enabled students to create a catchment, change the topography and simulate virtual rainfall and water flow across the surface of the terrain.  Colleagues from JBA Consulting demonstrating the sandbox were able to talk about how they use satellite data in their work, linking digital elevation data with flood modelling and hazard, risk and loss.

Tom Cox and Patricia Reyes-Firpo demonstrate the sandbox at the UK Space Agency’s careers day