Remote sensing at the European Grassland Conference in Cork.

Attending the European Grassland Federation conference in cork this week- big 5 day event with 100’s of grassland scientists from across Europe. Big focus on technology and sensing for grassland management and research with a lout of papers and posters on EO and drones.

At the workshop on day one, delighted to see a paper written by one of my old students, Iftikhar Ali, widely used. He’s doing  a post doc in Canada now, but i’m sure he’d be delighted to see his phd still having impact in Ireland.IA_EGF



 Restless Kilauea

New Copernicus Sentinel-2 images show the continuing outpouring of fiery lava from Kilauea in Hawaii

Free EGNOS webinar

In order to disseminate the capabilities of EGNOS for mapping and GIS applications, a webinar has been organised by EuroGeographics and the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA), with the collaboration of ESSP, the EGNOS service provider. The webinar will take place on 20 June 2018 (Wednesday) from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM CEST.

Online registration is required through the following link:


The webinar aims at briefing users from mapping and GIS communities about EGNOS, the European free augmentation service that improves GPS accuracy up to sub-meter range. The webinar is open to all mapping and GIS users, from both private enterprises and public organisations.

Open Source EO – Seminar in UL

Daniel McInerney alerted us to to *A BDARG seminar in association with Coillte / OSGeo-Ireland.” Open Source Processing of Remote Sensing Images with the ORFEO ToolBox: (very) Big Data Science At Scale” by Manuel Grizonnet Thursday 14th June 2018 at 15h00.

In the University of Limerick, Computer Science Building – Room- CSG-027.

All Welcome

From weather forecasting to military intelligence, satellite images help solve some of our most challenging problems on Earth. Since 2006, the French Space Agency have been actively developing an open source remote sensing image processing toolbox called the Orfeo ToolBox (OTB), which provides a large set of ready-to-use tools and a high performance satellite image viewer. It offers a wide range of processing algorithms, which permit the creation of high level processing chains that will run on a desktop computer or clusters alike. The processing capabilities cover pre-processing for several sensors, feature extraction, image segmentation, classification, as well as algorithms for hyperspectral and radar data. OTB is now used to design processing chains that can efficiently process thousands of remote sensing images (Sentinels, SPOT, Pléiades) to derive country-scale value added products.  The presentation will present the challenge of extracting valuable information from Earth Observation data and how open source software like OTB can help in this context.


Soil fluxes (CO2 and N2O ) under mitigation scenarios using the LUCAS soil-DayCent model integration framework

Fragmented Farmscapes

The latest Teagasc Map of the Month looks at fragmented farms. We’ve done it a little differently as fragmentation is often measured using distance between parcels. We’ve tried to capture a little more of the landscape complexity by looking at the total length of shared boundaries between farms.

Shared boundaries a quit permanent fixtures in the landscape; internal field hedgerows are much more likely to be altered than property boundaries (indeed shared hedgerows are excluded form some of the GLAS actions).

In the map the more fragmented townlands are red – the Aran Islands is the most fragmented.


Hi-res version here