Short article on our new software that uses a 40 year archive of Landsat data to automatically detect forest disturbance in Ireland through comparison with new imagery ingested routinely



I recently wrote a general interest piece on remote sensing, Copernicus and agriculture for the Engineers Journal published by Engineers Ireland.

Its available now online on the Engineers Journal website.



Sort of linked to map of the month below, we were discussing farm animal numbers and the growth in the number of people in Ireland. A quick analysis of CSO numbers gives us the graph :


and you can see a big peak in sheep numbers in early 90’s (due to “headage payments”) which are now back to “normal”. Cattle numbers don’t change that much- around 7 million. But the human population as nearly doubled form 2.8 to 4.8 million people since 1961.




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.






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