European Landcover map

Its difficult to know whether this is good or bad news.


On the one hand the technical achievement that is GlobCorine; a 300m resolution european landcover map geneterated from 2009 MERIS data and published only 10 months later – is very impresive .

On the other it is yet another source of landcover data over which we have no control that will used (and ill-used) to beat Ireland with because we do not have out own programme or data with which we can either check the european product or use to argue against conclusions made about Irish landuse from the european map (  a single allocation of landcover at 300m hides a lot of detail inIreland)

via Express Map Delivery From Space.


New Earth Explorer Missions

Barry Fennel of Enterprise Ireland and Irelands link to ESA passes on the following information:

You may be interested to know that at the most recent ESA EO board meeting two further Earth Explorer missions have been selected for further study. They are:
CarbonSat – Carbon Monitoing Satellite
FLEX – Fluorescence Explorer

Carbon Sat has the following scientific and societal objectives:

To quantify magnitudes and spatial and temporal distributions of CO2 and CH4 sources and sinks from regional to suburban scales.
To identify the CO2 uptake mechanisms of the terrestrial biosphere and oceans.
To determine the response of CO2 and CH4 sources and sinks to a changing climate.
To contribute to treaty verification of UNFCCC and post-Copenhagen agreements.

The main objectives of the Flex mission are:
To provide, for the first time, space-based maps of vegetation fluorescence, which can be converted into a quantitative indicator of photosynthetic efficiency rates of terrestrial ecosystems.
On the strength of evidence that canopy fluorescence is closely correlated with ecosystem carbon uptake, to provide measurements that can be used to improve models of vegetation gross primary production.

More info as follows:

Irish Paper Watch

Colin O’Dowd, Claire Scannell, Jane Mulcahy, and S. Gerard Jennings,

“Wind Speed Influences on Marine Aerosol Optical Depth,” Advances in Meteorology, vol. 2010, Article ID 830846, 7 pages, 2010. doi:10.1155/2010/830846

Shane O’Boyle andJoe Silke

A review of phytoplankton ecology in estuarine and coastal waters around Ireland

J. Plankton Res. (2010) 32(1): 99-118 first published online November 3, 2009 doi:10.1093/plankt/fbp097

Not by irish reesracher but Irish waters:

Coccolithophore bloom detection in the north east Atlantic using SeaWiFS: Algorithm description, application and sensitivity analysis

J.D. Shutler , M.G. Grant , P.I. Miller , E. Rushton,

K. Anderson

Remote Sensing of Environment 114 (2010) 1008

Ireland space industry

Scince spin podcast on the Irish space industry linked to last weeks scicne week:

This week, in a half hour special in recognition of the science week theme ‘Ireland’s place in space’ I spoke to Enterprise Ireland space programme managers, Tony McDonald and Barry Fennell.

In the second part of the show, I spoke to representatives of two companies based in Dublin, doing great things in space.

Charlotte Kelly of Techworks Marine, a company involved in predicting storm surges, algal blooms in the ocean, and the advance of deadly stinger ray fish, among other things. 

Derek Harris, of Ampac-ISP (Dublin), the local office of an international company that is building highly specialised engine parts for the European Space Agency’s Arianne 5 rocket

via PodOmatic | Best Free Podcasts.

Science week 2010

Its science week!

The theme this year is space- but unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be any explicit remote sensing/earth observation events (a small article by yours truly on the science week website seems to be it)