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A pat on the back as we passed 10,000 visits to the blog over the weekend

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Barry Fennel of EI passes on details of a EU “matchmaking” event for the space sector in the context of FP7 and GMES

Dates

28/02/2012 – 29/02/2012

Venue

Address

DIAMANT Conference Centre
Brussels, Belgium

Thematic area(s)

Space

Summary

Europe’s place in space is evolving rapidly, and the coming years and months will see a number of crucial steps. SpaceEU is aimed at space practitioners, helping them to understand the opportunities in this developing space landscape, and to take advantage of them. It will benefit both established operators and potential new entrants, with a particular focus on SMEs. SpaceEU lays emphasis on enabling participants to meet each other and find future co-operation partners for business and research.

Why you should not miss SpaceEU

SpaceEU will provide you with:

Authoritative information on future Space funding

§         What will Horizon2020 be like?

§         What will the next FP7 Space call aim at?

§         What are ESA’s upcoming missions?

Better understanding of the evolving European Space landscape

§         Who are the key players?

§         What is funded?

§         Where to find information?

Opportunities to meet other Space players

§         Face to face – meetings with other participants

§         Present your capacities to the audience

§         Information and network in the exhibition area

SpaceEU – Understanding, Matchmaking, Global Bridging

Language: English

Costs: Free of charge

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Conor CAHALANE points us toward The guardian that has a great wordlview-1 image of the capsized cruise ship, click for an expanded look

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Irish paper watch

jean Wilson and colleagues have an interesting new paper out look at fresh water discharge into the sea – using SST from satellite:
Regional scale assessment of Submarine Groundwater Discharge in Ireland combining medium resolution satellite imagery and geochemical tracing techniques

Be interesting to see how these groundwater sources are recharged from the land and whether, as mentioned in the article, geochemical tracing could decouple groundwater and overland discharge into the coastal zone with respect to non-point pollution

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University of Salford
Measuring forest carbon dynamics with full waveform laser scanners
Professor F M Danson and Dr Neil Entwistle

Forest structure parameters, such as leaf area index, canopy density, vertical foliage distribution and species composition provide critical inputs to models of forest growth, carbon uptake, habitat value and hydrology. Such parameters are time consuming and difficult to accurately measure in the field but airborne and terrestrial laser scanning has been shown to have significant potential for providing such data. However, traditional laser scanning systems only provide range and intensity data for a discrete, small number of returns, limiting the information content and presenting challenges for accurate assessment of canopy parameters.
Full-waveform sensors digitize the entire reflected signal from the forest canopy, potentially providing detailed information on vertical structure, foliage distribution and understorey vegetation properties. However, the influence of vegetation structure, acquisition variables and topography on the return signal of such sensors is not fully understood and further research is needed to fully determine the potential for measuring forest structure. This project aims to improve understanding of the signal measured by small-footprint airborne and terrestrial full-waveform sensors in forest environments and to assess the advantages of such data for measurement of key forest structure parameters.

The Graduate Training Assistant (GTA) scheme allows successful PhD applicants to study while receiving financial assistance from the University in return for them teaching for a set number of hours each week. The scheme provides tuition fees and full bursary for each academic year of the programme (excluding writing up year). GTA positions are only available for UK/EU residents, and the scheme is open until Friday 17th February 2012.

For further information and application procedure:
http://www.cesr.salford.ac.uk/GTA%20Studentships

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Department of Geography
Post-Doctoral Researcher – Irish land Mapping
Observatory (ILMO)

Post Duration – 24 months

Based in the Department of Geography, UCC, you will play a key role in developing the Irish Land Mapping Observatory, as funded by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency. The aim of the project is to develop an integrated Geoinformatics approach to detecting land cover and use within Irish agricultural lands, and to monitoring changes on an inter- and intra-annual basis using satellite imagery. Your role will include processing and analysis of microwave imagery to enhance and verify the products generated by lower resolution optical data, and developing techniques of integrating radar and optical imagery. You will work with researchers in Teagasc to interpret the imagery, and with Ordnance Survey Ireland to optimise the image processing chain for ease of incorporation into their database architecture. Some fieldwork will also be necessary to validate the results. Opportunities will also arise for participation in other projects.

You will have a good first degree and PhD in agricultural applications of microwave imagery, or a related discipline. You will also have experience of project management, research techniques and scientific writing, be highly motivated and enthusiastic. You will be mentored and receive relevant training for development of your research career.

For more information see http://www.ucc.ie/hr/vacancies

Salary: Starting salary €34974 increasing to €36003, subject to satisfactory performance.

For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact:

Dr Fiona Cawkwell
Email Address: f.cawkwell@ucc.ie
Telephone: 021 490 2707

To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter and C.V. to Dr Fiona Cawkwell, f.cawkwell@ucc.ie, on or before the closing date 31st January 2012.

Supplementary Information on the Department is available at the following URL: http://www.ucc.ie/en/geography/

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Its a windy one. The met stations around the country are recording some of the highest windspeeds in their history. But we can measure windspeed with satellites. Not directly but we can use RADAR satellites to measure the roughness of the sea and then infer the windspeed. These instruments are called scatterometers and because they produce a beam of energy that can penetrate cloud they can be used in all weathers. The data from a whole suite of satellites is freely available from EUMETSAT and NASA PO_DAAC service (click “parameters”) . You need specialist software to view the information – or you can go to OSI SAY a EUMETSAT service that does the processing for you: Here from the site is an image of the windy weather last night – the arrows, showing windspeed and direction are generated by the scatterometer data (ASCAT) and the image is from the met8 satellite:

It was windy last night

More information on how the ASCAT scatterometr works can be found here

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