But it isn’t just satellites that are getting press coverage. Land based remote sensing was mentioned on Radio 4’s PM programme on 11 Feb in an interview with the Coastal Processes Research Group (University of Plymouth) in the context of using laser scanning systems and video to monitor wave heights and to profile beaches. On the BBC website there are videos of flooded railway lines in the area around Windsor collected using unmanned aerial systems.
Remote sensing is becoming all pervasive as a method of rapidly collecting information across wide areas and quickly disseminating that out to the public. The general population may not even consciously register that this is the case, and for the correct information to be obtained, extracted and visualised in the most accessible and meaningful way there will be a continued requirement for well-trained RS experts.