Goodbye 2010 and hello IEOS2011

That’s our blog’s first year over, and quite a year. The highlight, obviously the RSPSoc conference in UCC.
We’ll have an announcement on the 5th (wow) IEO symposium in the new year. I think the theme will be a slight departure form the pure research focus and instead have a practical bent, for the time we live in, something on the line of
Earth observation and the economy: opportunities and barriers to growing the Irish economy with satellite services“. Try and see how GMES downstream, on-demand image informatics etc will really work in Ireland in terms of euros in the economy, and what is stopping it happening.
So any thoughts get in touch.

If you know anyone anxious about santa and the weather – you can track his progress on Google Earth

Merry christmas everyone.

Post Doc/PhD SMOS in Germany

The Agrosphere Institute (IBG 3) of the Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH is offering a posi-tion for a
PostDoc or PhD Student

Accuracy quantification and enhancement of remote sensing products of the ESA Soil Mois-ture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellite is the main goal of a project, which is funded by the German Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi). In order to achieve this goal two main tasks have to be accomplished. First, it has to be quantified in which way the seasonal variability of different vegetation covers influence the SMOS retrieval. Second, a data assimi-lation framework has to be developed in order to account for the vegetation dynamics in the operational processing of data products.
Main tasks of the position are:
• In-situ measurements of soil moisture and soil surface temperature during airborne campaigns,
• Soil moisture modelling,
• Application of a radiative transfer model,
• Model integration into a data assimilation framework for parameter optimization,
• Documentation of the results in peer-reviewed ISI refereed Journals.
Further general information under:
IBG 3:

Higher Education Authority | Skills Funding

The HEA as part of it skills funding, supports 5000+ (i.e pays fees) places on masters programmes for graduates to retrain or refocus in the ICT arena. This incluses masters in GIS and remote sensing. The link below has a list of the courses – contact the institutions for more details

via Higher Education Authority | Skills Funding.

Open access Journals

The Open Access Science Journal(s) PLoS ONE focuses mainly on Biology however there are some very interesting papers on environmental/biological application of EO&RS.
The idea of unrestricted free access to scientific papers is entirely laudable and indeed some research funders in Ireland mandate that outputs from projects funded by them are published without restriction. Since this year the site has been ranked for Impact and according to wikipedia has an impact factor of 4.3!
Here are a couple of papers I found Interesting:

West JB, Sobek A, Ehleringer JR (2008) A Simplified GIS Approach to Modeling Global Leaf Water Isoscapes. PLoS ONE 3(6): e2447. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002447

Citation: Koen EL, Garroway CJ, Wilson PJ, Bowman J (2010) The Effect of Map Boundary on Estimates of Landscape Resistance to Animal Movement. PLoS ONE 5(7): e11785. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0011785