New OPW Flood Risk Map Portal





Aeolus is the first space mission to acquire profiles of the wind on a global scale. These near-realtime observations will improve the accuracy of numerical weather and climate prediction and advance our understanding of tropical dynamics and processes relevant to climate variability.

ESA’s wind mission

Research Fellowships and Conference Sponsorship

Call for Applications for Funding in 2019

Research fellowships

Applications are invited from research scientists working in agriculture, forestry or fisheries and who would like to conduct research projects abroad, in another member country of the Co-operative Research Programme.

The aim of the Research Fellowships is to strengthen the international exchange of ideas and increase international mobility and co-operation among scientists working in these areas.

Conference Sponsorship

Applications are invited from research scientists working in agriculture, forestry or fisheries for funding towards a conference (or workshopsymposium, etc) to take place in a member country of the Co-operative Research Programme.

The aim of the Conference Sponsorship scheme is to inform policy makers, industry and academia of current and future research, scientific developments and opportunities in these areas.

New WebGIS: the USDA/FAS Global Agricultural & Disaster Assessment System (GADAS)

The US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA/FAS) has developed a new WebGIS called the Global Agricultural & Disaster Assessment System (GADAS). While GADAS currently only supports the Google Chrome browser, it contains many useful geospatial layers, including agrometeorology, remote sensing, crop masks, etc.

Here’s a screenshot centered over the northern Atlantic Ocean:


Now focusing in on Ireland, which is subject to a drought now:


First VENµS scenes of Ireland

The first scenes from the VENµS mission from Ireland have been made available on CNES’s Theia website. I’ve processed the first available level 2A surface reflectance product using ESA SNAP software. This scene was acquired on 29 June 2018 over the northwestern Ireland counties of Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, and the Northern Irish (UK) county of Fermanagh.

Below are shown two images, the left being true colour (red = Band 7, green = Band 4, blue = Band 2), and the right being a false-colour NIR-Red-Green composite (red = Band 11, green = Band 7, blue = Band 4).


In the future, expect support to be added to the open-source Irish Earth Observation Python module and the associated IEOtools.

Soil Organic carbon and Land Use Mapping

The Soil Organic carbon and Land Use Mapping (SOLUM) project is funded under the EPA Research Programme 2014-2020. Its lead by Matt Saunders in TCD and partners with Kevin Black of FERS Ltd.

You can find full details on the project on the SOLUM webpage. But our part of the project is using the Soils Information System of Ireland along with LUCAS land-cover data to create LUSII the Land-use and Soils Inventory for Ireland. We re-interpret the LUCAS points against SIS with geospatial techniques and remote sensing data to create LUSII. Our part of the project has been underway for 3 months with post-doc Gabriela  Afrasinei and you can follow updates on the SOLUM Twitter. .

Where there’s smoke…

Untitled.jpgThe attached Sentinel-2B image, taken on Wednesday morning, shows Dublin City in all of it’s glory, unobscured by cloud. However, towards the bottom of the image (inset), fingers of smoke can be seen drifting westward from active gorse fires along the Old Military Road (R115) in the Dublin/Wicklow mountains.

These blazes are currently being tackled by the Dublin & Wicklow Fire Brigades with help from the Air Corps. While not as extensive as wildfires elsewhere in the world, this image nonetheless highlights the capability of the Sentinel-2 constellation to detect and monitor wildfires at high spatial resolution, and its usefulness for post-event damage assessment and recovery monitoring,

As Stuarts last post indicates, the country is dry as a tinder box and additional outbreaks are likely over the coming days with the continuing high temperatures.