Irish Times: Ireland needs needs more detailed land-use maps

Irish Times news

The lobbying for the need of a detailed and high resolution* land use map has been on for years,perhaps since 2000 or even earlier ...and in 2019, the news finally read:

*high spatial resolution but also an adequate country-specific legend detail that addresses the complex Irish  Grassland system and habitats among others: it needs to capture the Grassland management and intensity of use, as well as the temporal component, like transitions of land use, e.g. grassland-cropland-grassland etc...


ASTER Global DEM Version 3 available – 1 arc-second (30 m)

The ASTER GDEM covers land surfaces between 83°N and 83°S and comprises 22,912 1° by 1° tiles. Tiles that contain at least 0.01% land area are included. The ASTER GDEM is distributed in GeoTIFF file format with Geographic latitude/longitude coordinates and a 1 arc-second (30 m) grid of elevation postings. It is referenced to the WGS84/EGM96 geoid. Studies to validate and characterize the ASTER GDEM confirm that accuracies for this global product are 20 meters at 95% confidence for vertical data and 30 meters at 95% confidence for horizontal data.

Compared to Version 2, Version 3 has a decrease in elevation void area due to the increase of ASTER stereo image data and improved process, and a decrease in water area anomaly data due to using new global water body data to be described later.

The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) of Japan today jointly released Version 3 of the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) Global Digital Elevation Model (GDEM). The ASTER GDEM is available at no charge to users worldwide via electronic download from Japan Space Systems and from NASA’s Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC).

N.B. With this release, an additional global product is now available: the ASTER Water Bodies Database (ASTWBD). This raster product identifies all water bodies as either ocean, river, or lake. Each GDEM tile has a corresponding Water Body tile. This data product provides the only water mask covering nearly the entire surface of the Earth.


Irish Earth Observation Symposium – IEOS 19

ICHEC has just announced they are hosting this years Irish Earth Observation Symposium – IEOS 19 (the 13th iteration of the conference) via twitter.

The theme of the conference is Copernicus data for Ireland. We’ll announce a  date and venue soon- stay tuned!



Lecturer/Assistant Professor of Geography, UCD School of Geography (2 Temporary, 5-Year Posts)

Applications are invited for at least two positions at the Lecturer/Assistant Professor level in the UCD School of Geography. Applications are sought from all areas of Geography but candidates with a strong research and teaching record in the following areas are particularly welcome; GIS, especially in areas of hydrology, climatology, biogeography, and coastal, Economic geography, urban and regional development, landscape culture and society.

College | Management Unit: UCD College of Social Sciences & Law
School | Unit: UCD School of Geography
Post Title & Subject Area (if
Lecturer/Assistant Professor of Geography
(Commencing on 1 Nov. 2019, or on a date to be agreed within Semester 1)
Post Duration: Temporary 5 year post(s)
Grade: Lecturer/Assistant Professor (above the bar) – One post
Lecturer/Assistant Professor (below the bar) – One post
Reports to Head of School
Competition Ref. 011671
HR Administrator Karolis Lakacauskas

Job description here

Department of Geography, Trinity College Dublin – Post-doctoral position available

Post Specification (033952)

Post Title: Research Fellow (Postdoctoral Researcher) in Geography
Post Status: Fixed-term Contract 16 months Full-time
Research Group / Department / School: Department of Geography, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
Location: Department of Geography,
Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland
Reports to: Dr. Cian O’Callaghan
Salary: Appointment will be made on the Research Fellow scale at a point in line with Government Pay Policy (35,488 per annum), appointment will be made no higher than Level 2 Point 1
Hours of Work: Hours of work for academic staff are those as prescribed under Public Service Agreements. For further information please follow the link below: service-agreement.pdf

Closing Date: 12 Noon (Irish Standard Time), 19 July 2019

UCD School of Geography Post-doctoral position available

UCD Post-doctoral Research Fellow Level 1, UCD School of Geography (Temporary 18 months post commencing 1 Sept. 2019)