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National space sector funding for university natural capital project

Using the Rural Design Centre’s design-thinking expertise, the three-month project will determine the demand for, and feasibility of, setting up a regional initiative to develop space capabilities for monitoring, managing and mapping natural assets. It will involve discussions with natural resource stewards (land managers, advisors, owners), space sector businesses (consultants, analysts, software providers) and researchers with relevant expertise (natural capital accounting, remote sensing, agro-ecological land management, agro-forestry, etc).

Dr Rachel Gaulton, Senior Lecturer in Remote Sensing in Newcastle University’s SNES, said: “Given the desire to boost the space sector nationally and the opportunities that brings to Level Up the economy, we’re keen to discover what scope there is to expand capabilities in the North East associated with natural assets.


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