Irish Paper Watch..

Clever recent paper from Gareth Dyke of UCD using ETM data for an application I’d never considered before, Fossil Hunting!

Malakhov, Dmitry V., Dyke, Gareth, J., and King, Christopher, 2009. Remote Sensing Applied to Paleontology: Exploration of Upper
Cretaceous Sediments in Kazakhstan for Potential Fossil Sites
. Palaeontologia Electronica Vol. 12, Issue 2; 3T: 10p;
Here’s a full copy

New European Grassland Map proposed

Euroland is a GMES project that spins out of the corine mapping programme. Essentially they are attempting to cut out member states from the production of european landcover products. They’ve started with high resolution maps of “imperviousness” essentially (built up areas) and forestry.
They plan 3 others the most important in an irish context is the proposed grassland layer. this is to be 1 Ha resolution map of grasslands across europe, as is often the case its difficult to see exactly what they intend to produce without seeing an example. Certainly yes/no grasslands at a Ha scale is intended but here is also talk of indicating intensity.
Irish experience of european landcover products is not always great, but since grassland far more important to Ireland than to any other european state we need to keep a close eye on the outputs. Certainly what is meant by intensity will be very important, as there is talk of IACS (LPIS in Ireland) it seems they could be using stocking density.

There is a staring demand in Ireland for grassland information. NPWS is gather field data on highly diverse grasslands. But really we need a national map of grassland type and productivity. Teagasc is also working on this issues but it needs to be tackled nationally.
There will be a need for validating the EUROLAND grassland layer – perhaps the irish grass mapping community should consider providing this service

Workshop on Marine and Environmental Sensing Technology: Gaps & Opportunities

An Invite from Fiona Reagan, DCU via the ESAI message board:

I would like to invite you to attend the workshop on Marine and
Environmental Sensing Technology: Gaps & Opportunities, on Tuesday, 29
March 2011 in Dublin City University (DCU). This one-day workshop is
hosted by the National Centre for Sensor Research and aims to look at
how sensing technology can be utilised, adapted for and benefit our
environment. Speakers from a range of disciplines will present
current research and stakeholders will identify gaps and needs.
Researchers funded under the Beaufort Marine Research Awards at DCU
will present their research and show how the integration of
technologies can lead to platform development for a range of

I would be very grateful if you could indicate your interest in
attending the workshop by replying to by
**Friday, 4 March 2011** as places are limited. A DRAFT programme is
attached for your information. We look forward to welcoming you to DCU
for this important research event.

Philosophy, failure and rockets

The latest edition of Philosophy Now magazine (Jan/Feb 2011) directs our attention to a paper in the Acadmey of Management Journal. The paper by a Prof. Desai looked at the long-term effects of catastrophic failure on business. Those business that failed big actually succeeded better in the long run – something that Prof Desai attributes to hard lessons being learnt and staying learnt! Why do i mention this – well the business he looked at is the space industry, specifically companies involved in vehicle launching, nothing says failure like a lost satellite!

“Snowpocalypse” vs Cyclone Yasi

Turning on the live weather layer in google earth allows us to compare Cyclone Yasi about to make land fall in Aus with the “Snowpocalypse II” Blizard current crossing the USA. I think the US shades it in terms of size- YAsi undoubtedly will have a much bigger, potentially catastrophic impact:

Cyclone yasi compared to US snow storm 8am GMT 2/2/11


Phd Opportunity – EURAXESS – European Commission

PhD Position in Remote Sensing (Berlin, Germany)

(Ref-#: AN/020/11, duration 36 months; payment according EGr. 13 (half time position) TV-L HU, starting date: 1st April 2011)
The successful applicant will develop his/her research in the EU-funded international research project ‘VOLANTE: Visions of Land Use Transitions in Europe’. VOLANTE seeks to develop a roadmap for future land resource management in Europe by developing novel, integrated approaches to understand analyze human-environment interactions, understand feedbacks in land use systems, assess land use transitions, and identify critical thresholds in land system dynamics. VOLANTE brings together a team of leading scholars in European land system science and is closely linked to the IGBP/IHDP Global Land Project. The Geomatics Lab participates in this project to map hotspots of recent land use transitions, analyze the drivers of these transitions, and to develop an understanding of archetypical pathways of land use transitions in Europe.

via Jobs – EURAXESS – European Commission.