We often get asked to produce maps by colleagues and for one reason or another they don’t get a wide audience. So we though we’d take the best request each month and turn it in to the “Map of the Month“.

First of our new lab member, Jesko Zimmermann has produced a very nice map based on OSI Prime 2 data showing average agricultural field size in Irish townlands.


Full Resolution PDF here














Nick Holden of UCD is recruiting a number of PhD around Crops and Technology. One of which is explicitly remote sensing:




A British company has launched the first in a constellation of satellites that promises high resolution colour video from space.

More from GIScafe…..



Jean Wilson alerts us to Google Earth Engine workshop in Dublin- hosted by one of the founders of Google Earth Engine, Noel Gorelick- I’d say a must especially for Earth Obs PhD students and Post Docs.

What: Google Earth Engine Workshops (2 sessions)

Where: Google Dublin

When: January 18th, 9:00 – 13:00 (Intro) and 14:00 – 17:00 (Advanced)

Who: These workshops are best suited for researchers that are already familiar with some form of Earth observation / remote sensing data analysis techniques.

Cost: Free, but space is limited, so there’s a chance we won’t be able to accommodate everyone and signup is required.






From ESA:

On behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA), we are pleased to invite you to participate to the Call for Research Proposals of the Living Planet Fellowship 2018.The main objective of this initiative is to support young researchers who have a doctoral degree and who would like to initiate a scientific career in the context of Earth Observation and Earth system science.

With this call ESA plans to support up to 10 Post-Doctoral researchers (supported by ESA with a maximum amount of 99k Euro for 2-years under a co-funding scheme) to carry out a research project at a Host Institution in an eligible ESA Member State.

Candidate researchers shall submit research proposals responding to one of following Research Areas:

Advancing Novel Methods and Techniques

Advancing Earth System Science



The Living Planet Fellowship 2018 Projects will be funded under the 5th period of ESA?s Earth Observation Envelope Programme (EOEP-5). EOEP-5 is an optional programme of the Agency, and participation is restricted to host institutions which have their registered office in one of the following Participating States: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Slovenia and Canada.


Proposal and all supporting documents must be sent by e-mail to: EOScience@esa.int by no later than 22 February 2018 (the Closing Date).


From Taylor & Francis:


Big Earth Data is an interdisciplinary Open Access journal aiming to promote ‘big data’ sharing, processing and analysis in space to ground geosciences, thereby revolutionising the cognition of the Earth’s systems and its dynamic process. The journal publishes research topics on ‘big data’ studies across the entire spectrum of Earth Sciences. Article types include original research articles, review articles, data papers and technical notes

EO and Space

A couple of months ago I gave a talk on EO in Ireland at Engineers Ireland. It was webcast and the video is now online .

I’m speaking for the first 20mins, but after me come the real highlight. Niamh Shaw, on wanting to be an astronaut and really on the dream and idea of humans in space- she’s a fantastic speaker and performer. And then a wife and husband team from NASA- Dava Newman, MIT on how she is designing the next gen space suit and Gui Trotti and how he designed the habitation modules on the ISS.

The last three are brilliant speakers- over Christmas if you want a break from the hohoho, then an hour spent listening to these three would be very rewarding


%d bloggers like this: