Radar system may give more accurate forecasts – The Irish Times – Thu, Oct 27, 2011

No Satellite Images of the dublin floods yet (it doesnt seem to have registered on the SAFER sight from GMES – either too small or our national contact point didnt activate the service). However an article here lookign at a new terrestrial weather radar designed and deployed in Galway

Radar system may give more accurate forecasts – The Irish Times – Thu, Oct 27, 2011.

Special Edition: Phenology

The best conference i attended last year was the Phenology confernce in 2010. Well organised with a wide range os speakers from across the globe – it certainly changed my outlook in regards to Irsih issues that can be addresed as phenological approaches – indeed it changed the focus of our group over the medium term. So Im delighted that a special edition of International Journal of Biometeorology has been published on the confernce.

Recent Irish Research- new papers

Reseacrhers in Galway, along with co-researchers in Italy, Germany and USA have a new paper with a facinating study of a possible natural source of oxalic acid in remote oceans. This source os oxalic acid will now have to included in global models and demonstrates the importance , internationally of the malin head station.

Rinaldi, M., S. Decesari, et al. “Evidence of a natural marine source of oxalic acid and a possible link to glyoxal.” J. Geophys. Res. 116(D16): D16204

IRCSET funding

Since 2002, the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET) has run an annual Call for Postdoctoral Fellowships, awarding fellowships to talented early-stage researchers from all over the world (http://www.ircset.ie/tabid/64/default.aspx). These prestigious EMPOWER fellowships are targeted at high-calibre early-career researchers (no more than 3 years post PhD), and the competition is open to any researcher worldwide who meets this criterion.

The next call is due to open on the 26th of October 2011, and we wish to attract a significant number of applications from suitably-qualified candidates. We would like to ask your help in ensuring that the best and brightest early-career researchers in your community are aware of this opportunity. We are particularly interested in soliciting applications from talented female researchers, who, although always under-represented in the number of applications received during our postdoctoral calls, consistently outperform the male applicants in terms of success rate. Approximately 20 of these highly sought-after fellowships will be awarded via this year’s Call.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Best wishes,

Dr. Jennifer Brennan,

Scientific Officer, IRCSET Postdoctoral Programmes

PhD competition

From VITO comes an anopuncement of a competetion for funded PhD to amrk the 15th aniversay of their role in the SPOT/Veg programme
“Working with 15 YEARS OF SPOT-VEGETATION – A PhD Thesis topic”
They say the will “amongst other activities, organize a contest to employ a PhD student at our Institute to work on the extensive VEGETATION (VGT)-archive for a 4-year period…..The PhD candidate selected in this contest will be fully funded by VITO. The research will be conducted in close cooperation with a University, which
will also act as promotor of the PhD thesis, whereas the Scientific Coordinator of the Remote Sensing Unit (TAP) at VITO will act as co-promotor.” Please find more information, as well as a link

to the application form, at: