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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

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600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 12,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 20 years to get that many views.

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SAVE THE DATE – Space Innovation powering Blue Growth –

Conference on Space, Innovation and Growth in Maritime Sector

18-19 April 2013, National Maritime College of Ireland, Cork

Background
Seas and oceans are a rich and often underestimated resource that can contribute to innovation, growth and employment. They provide valuable ecosystem services and contribute to numerous socio-economic activities.

In 2007 the EU adopted the Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP) with the objective to enhance the sustainable development of the European maritime economy and to better protect the marine environment by encouraging the cooperation of all maritime players across sectors and borders.

Space systems such as Earth Observation, Navigation and Communication have been vital tools for improving our knowledge of the marine environment and providing innovative solutions to assist with maritime resource extraction, effective planning and management of the competing demands on the maritime domain as well as increasing safety and security of maritime operations. While these market sectors are already quite advanced in the Atlantic region, these and other marine activities require long-term investment and cross-border coherence in the actions of the EU and its member states to maintain current successes and foster expansion elsewhere in Europe.

Objectives
The objectives of the conference are :
· To take stock of the contribution of Space systems to the implementation of the maritime policy including the navigation (Galileo) and Earth Observation applications (Copernicus) flagship programmes
· to investigate how new scientific results and innovative services, notably deriving from ESA’s Earth Observation programme, and the future EU research programme (Horizon2020) can assist the EU in achieving the new targets of the IMP
· to assess how space development activities such as the ESA EO Programme and the industrial policy elements under the maritime policy can contribute to expanding national economies in Europe over the coming 2-3 years

The conference will gather policy makers, scientists, maritime operators and EO application specialists. Participation will be free of charge and limited to 120 people.

The conference is jointly organised by Enterprise Ireland, the Coastal and Marine Research Centre, the Irish Coast Guard, the Irish Naval Service, the European Commission (DG Maritime Affairs), ESA and EUMETSAT in association with the Irish presidency of the Council of the EU.

Contact : Gordon.Campbell@esa.int
Jerome.Bequignon@esa.int

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This is a pre-call announcement. In the January 2013 we will be looking to fill a contract research post in Teagasc (the Irish Agricultural research body) in the area of Forest Remote Sensing. This 3 year contact will be based in Dublin and will form part of larger study (the COFORD funded CForRep project) looking at the improving forest carbon reporting in Ireland.

The successful applicant will come from a strong remote sensing of the environment/agriculture/forestry background and will be qualified to PhD level. This Post doc level position will offer excellent opportunities to develop skills in forestry remote sensing, inventory tools and carbon reporting.
The position will involve developing new inventory approaches for small scale forestry – concentrating on detection of deforestation events at sub-pixel level using hyper temporal data sets such as MODIS, it will also require liaising with partners and some field work.

A formal advertisement with submission dates will be posted on this website and the usual forums and recruitment sites early in the new year- in the mean time please alert colleagues of this opportunity.

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This is a pre-call announcement. In January 2013 we will be looking to fill a contract research post in Teagasc (the Irish Agricultural research body) in the area of Environmental Remote Sensing. This 2.5 year contact will be based in Dublin and will form part of larger study (IdealHNV, funded by DAFM through the RSF) looking at the distribution of high nature value farmland habitats in Ireland.

The successful applicant will come from a strong remote sensing of the environment/agriculture background and will be qualified to PhD level. This Post doc level position will offer excellent opportunities to develop skilsl in researching the environment though remote sensing.
The position will involve developing new assessment approaches at farm scale using high resolution optical data and hyper temporal data sets such as MODIS, it will also require liaising with partners and some field work.
A formal advertisement with submission dates will be posted on this website and the usual forums and recruitment sites early in the new year- in the mean time please alert colleagues of this opportunity.

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As we all know the Landsat archive is free and as this article shows can lead to some real innovation in data delivery:
http://www.esri.com/news/arcnews/fall12articles/understanding-earth-changes-with-landsat-viewers.html

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I put together this quick map (simple krigging of monthly climate station totals) to illustarte the difference in rainfall between the summer of 2012 and the summer of 2011- its quite stark:

rain_sum1211

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