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Bluesky is the one stop shop for aerial photography, solar mapping, thermal mapping, height data (inc LiDAR) and historical aerial photography. Bluesky supplies datasets for use in GIS and other systems to assist with environmental assessment such as contaminated land, coastal erosion, flood mapping, solar potential and heat loss monitoring. Additional services include: 3D modelling, data capture and conversion, plus map and imagery printing. A carbon neutral policy is applied to all Bluesky surveys.


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BlueSky awarded Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) contract

BlueSky International (www.bluesky-world.com) has been awarded a contract to create a digital archive of aerial photography for the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC). The project, which was commissioned by the NERC Earth Observation Data Centre (NEODC) who are based at the CCLRC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Didcot, is due to be completed within twelve months and involves the digitisation of approximately 43,200 images and the capture of information relating to these images.

BlueSky, a specialist in aerial imaging and remote sensing data collection and processing, was awarded the contract based on technical merit and previous experience. The company operates two high-end scanning machines, (Vexcel Ultrascan 5000 Photogrammetric Flatbed Scanners) and has a team of experienced and dedicated personnel. The NEODC contract covers the scanning of their aerial photography archive that is an estimated 43,200 unique images dating back to 1982. The photographs were taken by the NERC Airborne Research and Survey Facility aircraft, predominantly in the UK but also at other sites in Europe, including the Mediterranean and the Arctic. The images are housed at the British Geological Survey headquarters near Nottingham. In addition to the scanning process, which will produce high-resolution digital image files, the project will also create a database of information pertaining to each image. For example date of the photography, location and additional site reference information together with information relating to the camera or aircraft.

"This project has many aims. By converting these images into digital files we are ensuring the long-term future of the data, the project will also increase our knowledge of the imagery that we hold," said Dr Victoria Jay, Data Scientist. "This archive is extremely valuable as it provides a unique record of environmental change over the past 20 years and once complete, it is hoped that the easy accessibility of the digital imagery will encourage use within our community and reduce the amount of time and resource we dedicate to servicing request for images."

The project was commissioned by NEODC as part of their role in supporting the Council's earth observation community in locating, accessing, interpreting and exploiting Earth Observation data and ensuring the long term integrity of Earth Observation datasets produced and acquired by NERC projects and programmes.

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