If Fukushima had happened in Ireland?

Trying to get to grips with the scale of what’s happening in Japan – i thought i might look at the aftereffects if they had happend in Ireland. Imagine the Carnsore Point plant had been built, a disaster had happened and a 20km long term evacuation zone had been established (as in Japan). Quck screen grab from googlemaps shows what 20km circle around carnsore point looks like

The white cicle shows the 20km perimter- it captures the southern half of wexford town along with roslare and surrounding lands.  A quick GIS analysis on the Census 2006 data shows this would mean a population of about 25000 people evacuated (in realty i suppose the whole of wexford town might be evacuated or people would chose to leave of their own accord). As with the Fukushima area you can see from the image its some of Irelands most prodcutive agricultural land.

European Space Stratergy Document Published

COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL
COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS

TOWARDS A SPACE STRATEGY FOR THE EUROPEAN UNION THAT BENEFITS ITS CITIZENS
Very much GMES/EuroSDR lines

Enterprise ireland Location services

Enterprise Europe is hosting a number of meetings, one of which:

10 May – Emerging Technologies & Business Opportunities in the Location Services Market, Dublin.
This conference is to promote and stimulate opportunities in the location based services market, both here in Ireland and abroad.

May be of interest to readers.

Register here

Irish Paper watch

Regional strike-slip faulting can control magma movements, deform volcanoes and may destabilise their flanks. The aim of this study is to address this problem by comparing two natural examples, Basse Terre Island volcanoes, Lesser Antilles and Maderas volcano, Nicaragua, with analogue experiments. The field and remote sensing analyses of their structures reveal that Guadeloupe volcanoes, which developed in a 145[degree sign]-striking sinistral transtensional fault zone, are dominantly fractured in a 090[degree sign]-120[degree sign] direction, which is parallel to the maximum principal horizontal stress and to the elongation direction of the summit graben of analogue models. This graben is bordered by the Sigmoid-I fault, or Y shear structure, and has facilitated the formation of the Beaugendre and Vieux-Habitants valleys by faulting, erosion or collapse. This structure has also influenced the injection of dykes and the transport of hydrothermal fluids. The comparison of Maderas volcano with the analogue models confirms that the volcano has developed parallel to a 135[degree sign]-striking dextral transtensional fault zone and is also gravitationally spreading over a weak substratum. This study illustrates how regional strike-slip faulting and gravitational loading combine to produce a clear set of structures within volcanic edifices, which control the location of intrusive zones, hydrothermal activity and collapse directions.
Keywords: Strike-slip faults; Analogue models; Spreading; Volcano; Guadeloupe; Maderas

  • Colette C. Fagan, Colm D. Everard, Kevin McDonnell, Prediction of moisture, calorific value, ash and carbon content of two dedicated bioenergy crops using near-infrared spectroscopy, Bioresource Technology, Volume 102, Issue 8, April 2011, Pages 5200-5206, ISSN 0960-8524, DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2011.01.087.
    Abstract:
    The potential of near infrared spectroscopy in conjunction with partial least squares regression to predict Miscanthus x giganteus and short rotation coppice willow quality indices was examined. Moisture, calorific value, ash and carbon content were predicted with a root mean square error of cross validation of 0.90% (R2 = 0.99), 0.13 MJ/kg (R2 = 0.99), 0.42% (R2 = 0.58), and 0.57% (R2 = 0.88), respectively. The moisture and calorific value prediction models had excellent accuracy while the carbon and ash models were fair and poor, respectively. The results indicate that near infrared spectroscopy has the potential to predict quality indices of dedicated energy crops, however the models must be further validated on a wider range of samples prior to implementation. The utilization of such models would assist in the optimal use of the feedstock based on its biomass properties.
    Keywords: Bioenergy crop; Near infrared spectroscopy; Miscanthus; Short rotational coppice willow; Quality