New director for the National Centre for Earth Observation

20 January 2014

Professor John RemediosProfessor John Remedios has been appointed as the future director of the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO). He will take up his appointment with effect from 1 October 2014.

Commenting on his appointment, John Remedios said:

"I am delighted to be taking up this exciting position within an NCEO which has a core remit to exploit data from satellites for Earth system science. Satellite observations have and will continue to transform our understanding of environmental change. NCEO has real opportunities to support the NERC community in meeting the challenges of world-class science in partnership with government and business interests, particularly utilising space technology for environmental information and stewardship."

An atmosphere scientist by training, John is Professor and head of Earth observation science at the University of Leicester where he is currently leader of the Environment, Energy & Climate Change theme within the College of Science & Engineering. He has research interests in climate data sets, surface temperature change, land-atmosphere interactions and atmospheric composition change, and has played a prominent role in Earth observation missions such as the Along Track Scanning Radiometers.

Chief executive of the Natural Environment Research Council, Duncan Wingham, said:

I will be delighted to welcome John to NERC when he takes up his new position in October and I look forward to working with him in planning the future of NCEO. In the short-term, I am confident that NCEO will continue to thrive under the interim leadership of Peter Jan van Leeuwen.