Earth Science and Observation Center (ESOC)

Advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth System based on innovative remote sensing research

Earth image from space

The Earth Science and Observation Center (ESOC) at CIRES is a research center dedicated to the understanding of the Earth System, primarily – but not exclusively - through the use of remote sensing techniques.    

Since the 1980s, the importance of understanding the Earth as a system has become widely recognized, and remote sensing, both from air and space, has been a fundamental tool for this purpose. By providing observations of individual and integrated processes at the appropriate scales, with the appropriate perspective, and in the appropriate context to enable the study of the various components of the Earth system and their interactions, remote sensing has provided some of the greatest advances in Earth system science.