EP 2: Earth Observation & Artifical Intelligence

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This episode is all about Geospatial Intelligence, and what can be done with the data that is captured via Earth observation

Terms like ‘Earth Observation’ and ‘Geospatial Intelligence’ may not make it into casual conversation for most people, but when accessing things like maps, weather information, traffic information, and air quality data, we are actively engaging with information that has been obtained via these means. There is a lot of work being done to evolve this technology, but we have barely even scratched the surface. To know what it is truly capable of, we need to understand it on a fundamental level.

Referred to as Geospatial Innovation at the Catapult, it is the analysis of data that has either a geographic or location element to it. For example, a satellite image that has a longitude and latitude reference system to it, or even a postcode. The data in its various forms, has been used to make sectors like agriculture, transport and even extractive industries, perform more efficiently and effectively. But the technology still needs to be adopted more widely.

Episode Guests


Peter Beaumont

Director of Geospatial Innovation

Satellite Applications Catapult

Owen Hawkins

Product Development Director


Alexandre Lacoste

Research Scientist

Element AI

Richard Flemmings

Partner and CTO

4 Earth Intelligence

Episode Host


Maggie Aderin-Pocock

We are pleased to have Maggie Aderin-Pocock on board to present and introduce our first series of podcasts. A British space scientist and science educator, Maggie is an honorary research associate of University College London’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. Since February 2014, she has co-presented the long-running astronomy television programme The Sky at Night with Chris Lintott. In 2020 she was awarded the Institute of Physics William Thomson, Lord Kelvin Medal and Prize for her public engagement in physics.


  • How can the integration of geospatial data into business processes make operations more effective and enable the creation of new products? Find out about the rapid advancement of EO in our ‘Geospatial Innovation in 2020’ report: Click here to download
  • Visit our Projects Hub to explore some of our projects utilising Earth Observation and Artificial Intelligence
  • Find out more about how Geospatial Intelligence is used in the Agriculture industry, including the acquisition of weather, optical, or SAR data, all of which can assist decision making in food production, in one of our recent blogs.


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