Roadmap towards more efficient maritime surveillance – Headlines – JRC – European Commission

Roadmap towards more efficient maritime surveillance – Headlines – JRC – European Commission

via Roadmap towards more efficient maritime surveillance – Headlines – JRC – European Commission.

DIY space program

In this cash-strapped research environment, making and launchign your own satellite for $8000 makes perfect sense

via Downloads and Extras in the Current Issue of MAKE Magazine | DIY Projects on

Research post in Galway

Study of Ocean Surface Processes and their Impact on the Retrievals of

Salinity from SMOS

 Salary: €42,000 per year

 Keywords: sea surface salinity; upper ocean turbulence; oceanic microstructure; air-sea interaction


Deadline for application is *November 05 2010* with an anticipated

start date of January 2011.

The research will be conducted at NUI, Galway, Ireland.


This project will focus on the ESA SMOS mission by investigating the

oceanic processes that can complicate accurate retrievals of SSS from


This research will be conducted using the Air-Sea Interaction Profiler

(ASIP). ASIP is an autonomous, upwardly-rising instrument with a suite

of high-resolution sensors which can resolve the salinity gradients in

the upper few millimetres. Data from the proposed measurements will be

invaluable to the SMOS mission in order to understand the relationship

between SSS (i.e. the salinity at 1 cm), and a ‘bulk’ salinity

measurement. These data will also highlight the conditions where

salinity gradients are expected to exist: evaporation, precipitation,

and during low wind speeds where a surface salty layer may be

stabilised when there is significant shortwave warming at the ocean



The candidate will participate in field measurements with ASIP and

conduct data analysis.

Applications (curriculum vitae, academic degree, references) should be

sent by e-mail to Dr. Brian Ward (, National

University of Ireland, Galway, Air-Sea Physics Lab, University Road,

Galway, Ireland.

地图浏览- Thats China’s Google Earth equivalent

Chinese Government’s MapWorld – an ertsatz Google earth – Nice image at the globals scale but outside of china, no  imagery at any great resolution (warning, very slow – click on tag top right to get images)

This is as good a detail as you get and only in the urban areas

via 地图浏览.

Nuclear Disarmament, Ireland and EO

A press release from the UN Disarmament committee gets me thinks about Ireland’s role as an “honest broker”.
Ireland has a long, distinguished and, most importantly, effective history in disarmament at UN level. Right now we are part of the New Agenda Coalition – Brazil, Egypt, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, and Sweden. A group in the UN seeking disarmament.

In the report are two section of interest to us:

ALISON KELLY, Deputy Political Director and Director for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland, speaking on behalf of the New Agenda Coalition, said the group….. shared a common goal of ridding the world of nuclear weapons. Fully committed to the NPT, disarmament and non-proliferation were intrinsically linked, and mutually reinforcing processes required continuous and irreversible progress. The only absolute guarantee against the proliferation and use of nuclear weapons was those weapons complete and verifiable elimination.

And secondly

…the Committee has before it the Secretary-General’s report on transparency and confidence-building measures in outer space activities (document A/65/123), which contains information from Member States gathered pursuant to requests contained in General Assembly resolutions 64/49, 63/68, 62/43 and 61/75. The report includes concrete proposals on transparency and confidence-building measures in outer space activities in the interest of maintaining international peace and security and promoting international cooperation and the prevention of an outer space arms race. Proposals include updating the principles of satellite-based remote sensing of the Earth…

Two observations come to mind; in the NAC Brazil, South Africa and Sweden are “players” in global earth observation industry and in my interactions with GMES, I’ve often wondered at what level is Foreign Affairs engaged with the process.

So an obvious train of thought is, in light of Ireland’s strong position on Nuclear Disarmament and our membership of a small club with some serious EO players, what role, if any, is there for the Irish EO community in this arena?

( I’m aware of some work in the past by UCD and RPII tracing nuclear isotopes but nothing with respect to satellite EO)

Can we make contributions technically or in the field of policy?

First drive of Street view Ireland

After playing around with street view Ireland its as impressive as everywhere else. Whilst obviously not covering every boreen , the whole country is covered at quite a level of detail, and the quality of the images is very good. I can see myself using it already for some virtual drive-by ground truthing. Indeed I can see it playing in role in my classes next year as a proxy for field work helping bridge the gap between lived experience of the student and getting used interpreting images and so on.