CSIRO Centre for Earth Observation (CCEO)

We are CSIRO’s hub for our national and international Earth observation (EO) activities. Part of CSIRO’s Space and Astronomy Business Unit, the Centre supports CSIRO in applications research for EO data, brokers access to EO data from new sensors and facilitates underpinning EO activities by over 80 scientists across CSIRO’s Business Units, including:

  • Agriculture & Food
  • Data61
  • Energy
  • Land & Water
  • Mineral Resources
  • Oceans & Atmosphere

The Centre actively engages with International partners, Australian businesses, government agencies and research organisations. We are a member of the inter-agency Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) and an Australian delegation member to the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observation (GEO). The CCEO worked closely with Australian government partners to host the 2019 GEO Ministerial Summit. Please explore the GEO Report on Impact 2016-2019.

Officially launched in June 2018, the Centre coordinates a range of Earth-observing activities within CSIRO and engages with Australian businesses, other government agencies and research organisations involved in Earth Observation (EO). The Centre’s aim is to provide technical support to the Australian space sector, and help streamline research and the operation of projects through advances in remote sensing technologies. The Centre also plays a key role in our international engagement with the global EO community.

The Centre for Earth Observation’s key priorities include:

  • coordinating internal communities of practice (SAR, hyperspectral, LiDAR), and liaison with domestic government
  • coordinating representation (including on boards and working groups) at international fora, such as GEO and CEOS
  • managing CSIRO’s requirements for satellite tasking, downlink and data distribution for the NovaSAR-1 satellite
  • hosting events to facilitate research collaborations for the EO community, including Symposia and workshops
  • overseeing the Cubesat technology demonstrator project, a collaboration with university and industry partners
  • researching new satellite sensor and on-board processing technologies and ongoing satellite calibration / validation

CSIRO has been working in the space sector for 75 years, with a long history in space research (explore the timeline from the 1940s to now); both looking into outer space and observing Earth.