Who are the EO Detectives?

If you have been following this blog, you will have already seen information about several real-life EO Detectives – and there will be more over the next few weeks. We have spoken to twenty people about their careers, asking how they use or contribute to the collection of Earth observation data, how they got into the field and to share a little of their work. Together, they collect and study information about the Earth – the land, the sea and the atmosphere. They design, build or use information from sensors carried on satellites, aircraft, ships, buoys floating on the ocean and thousands of weather stations around the world.

What’s on the cards?

As well as publishing what they have to say here, we have also created a pack of cards featuring a picture of each of these EO Detectives and some information about them:

  • Name
  • Job
  • EO Detective ID
  • The three school subjects they think are most important for their job. (The bigger the number next to a subject, the more important EO Detectives thought it was.)

The packs we have had printed contain two copies of each card, so you can use them to play games such as:

  • Snap!
  • Guess who?
  • Top trumps (using subject score, alphabetical order for words, sections of the EO Detective ID and so on).

Can you think of any others?

We’ll have some to give away at our stand at the UK Space Conference in Manchester in May/June. But don’t worry if you can’t get there – you can download and print out your own copies:

Download all 40 cards

with backs (to print double-sided)

without backs

Download 20 cards (1 for each person)

with backs

without backs

Taking it further

The careers on these cards are only the starting point. There are many other things people use EO data to study; there are many other jobs related to exploring the Earth from space. You can find out about some of them on the European Space Agency (ESA) website and discover more by looking at the people we follow on Twitter.
The cards will shortly also be available, along with posters suitable for use with younger students, from the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO-UK) Tim Peake page, which also hosts our other resources that allow you to use astronaut photographs and satellite images to study aspects of maths, science, geography and computing.