We are in the middle of a big restructuring exercise in our lab at the moment. One of the tasks was an audit of our data holdings. My colleague Jesko Zimmermann produced this lovely map showing the geographic distribution of the half a million plus spatial data we hold. Don’t worry we’re not compiling some vast geo-intelligence network- most of the holdings are a from our satellite archive- and most of those are cloudy!
A full resolution version of the Map of the Month can be found here.
Apropos of nothing, landscaping in action. It’s interesting, to me at least, to see a piece of land changing over time. Its also rare to catch something like hedgerow removal as it happens (in 2005).
Last week my colleague Richa Marwaha and I were invited to Newgrange by Steve Davis of UCD School of Archaeology to look at the recently discovered crop marks with a thermal camera.
The survey was hastily arranged to get in ahead of the rain, which duly arrived the following morning. Luckily the flight had some success and the thermal anomalies above the archaeological features can be seen in inset image below.
Darker (cooler) areas indicate transpiring plants which are accessing moisture present in deeper archaeological features. The cooler heat fluxes leaving the plants are in contrast to the surrounding, warmer canopy which has regulated its temperature by stomatal closure.
Darker anomalies to the west of the monument are a cooling effect from wind moving through the canopy. Further noise within the signal may be attributed to cloud shadow passing at the time of the survey.
Many thanks to David Redhouse of Newgrange Farm for facilitating access.
Continuing our focus on the weather, Teagasc’s map of the month for July looks at the different ways we have been tracking the extreme conditions across the country. Specifically it shows how, at least up to the end of June, the weather anomalies are largely national events but the impacts, as measured by satellite, vary from region-to-region.
We can see in the images produced by visiting Erasmus scholar Simone Falzoi that grass growth in June is holding up in the north and west, this is mostly due to the “heavy” nature of the soils in this region and how they can hold on to moisture much longer than the free draining soils of south and east.
High resolution image here
The drought continues as captured by comparing a satellite image from last July with one from this July. The lush green fields are slowly being desiccated and turning brown.
Maynooth University are seeking to recruit 2 x PhD students as part of a Science Foundation
Ireland (SFI) funded research project, entitled “Integrating multidisciplinary geoscientific
data into forecasting models to monitor and predict coastal change: Proof of concept in
Dublin Bay”. The two successful PhD students will form part of a multi-disciplinary, multiinstitute
research cluster comprised of Dublin City University, Maynooth University and
University College Cork.
“Developing Earth Observation (EO) & Environmental Monitoring
methodologies to detect and map physical and bio-chemical interactions over
“Joint earth observation, ground truth, and drone analytics for environmental
Stipend & Fees
The studentships are for 48 months and include a stipend of €18,500 p.a. and the payment of
academic fees up to a maximum of €5,500 per annum, as well as a computer and travel allowance.
Submit an electronic copy of Curriculum Vitae and a letter of interest to:
firstname.lastname@example.org with either SFI PREDICT PHD1 or SFI PREDICT PHD2 clearly indicated in the subject line
17th August 2018
EO & environmental monitoring PhDs MU