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The University of Stirling ( was founded by Royal Charter in 1967 as the first genuinely new university in Scotland for over 400 years and embraces its role as an innovative, intellectual and cultural institution. A research-led university with an international reputation for high-quality research directly relevant to society’s needs, Stirling aims to be at the forefront of research and learning that helps to improve lives. The University works closely with its stakeholders in policy, practice and industry to facilitate this and enhance the relevance and impact of its research. The international excellence of the University’s research was recognised in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), where Stirling enhanced its position as a top UK research-led university.

The Earth observation (EO) research group in specialises in the use of airborne and satellite data for the assessment and monitoring of ecosystem responses to environmental change with particular specialisation in water quality monitoring. It is the lead organisation on the €3M NERC-funded GloboLakes project ( (NE/J024279/1), which aims to develop an operational satellite-based system for lake monitoring globally. USTIR also lead the NERC INCIS-3IVE project on in-situ radiometry sensors and protocols for satellite validation and are PIs in the EC FP7 INFORM and DANCERS projects on the remote sensing of inland and transitional waters. Airborne remote sensing is also being used in an UK EPSRC (EP/I035390/1) funded project to assess the stability of saltmarshes and intertidal sediments in estuaries to climate change, specifically in relation to the adaptation & resilience of the UK energy to climate change. USTIR also lead a UK Royal Society project and an EC EUFAR project on remote sensing of algal blooms in lakes. The team are also leading the UK’s contribution to the new ESFRI initiative DANUBIUS-RI.