Dublin Based research position: Remote Sensing of Deforestation in Ireland

We are looking for a further contract researcher for a 3 year post to join our growing spatial analysis/remote sensing lab in Teagasc (Application Deadline 20/2/2013). The position, based is Dublin, is part of a large multi-centre project around carbon reporting for forestry in Ireland. Specifically:

This optical remote sensing research position will work closely with UCC colleagues (working in the microwave area) to develop methods to map small scale deforestation events in the highly fragmented forest landscape in Ireland.The local weather conditions and small scale nature of Irish forestry present particular issues for remote sensing – the candidate will be expected to build on existing expertise in the consortia to:• Develop a national system for recording forest area change over time; incorporating new areal deforestation and disturbance data. • Investigate the use of low spatial resolution/high temporal resolution optical remote sensing (RS) satellite imagery (e.g. MODIS) to monitor disturbance events in Forestry at sub-pixel level. • Collaborate on combining inventory data with image derived products to estimate carbon emissions/reductions and timber volume removal in felled areas.The successful applicant will need well developed skills in remote sensing, spatial analysis and data integration. The role also incorporates some functions of GIS data manager.

More Information can be found here:


Free global MERIS archive

From the VITO team in Belgium:

It is with great pleasure that we announce a new free product in the world of low resolution Earth observation data, the global Envisat-MERIS 10-daily composites at 1 km resolution (EM10).
All information on the EM10 product can be found on the website (meriss10.vgt.vito.be). Today, you can find  products from January 2010 till March 2012 in the catalogue; meanwhile we are backprocessing all previous years (2002-2012).
The EM10 products are available free of charge for non-commercial use and can be downloaded via the on-line catalogue.

Research post in remote sensing environment in Dublin

We are looking for a contract researcher for a 26 month project using GIS and remote sensing to map the distribution of High Nature Value Farmland in Ireland. The post is with Teagasc and is based in Dublin, Ireland. Some background:

The successful candidate will be part of a larger national project, Ideal-HNV (funded by the DAFM through the Research Stimulus Fund) with national partners and an international steering committee. The applicant will be based with the Department of Agribusiness and Spatial Analysis in the Teagasc Ashtown Research Centre in Dublin, Ireland.

High Nature Value farmland areas are associated with high levels of biodiversity and other public goods. This element of the project will develop a geo-spatial analysis to estimate the national extent and distribution of potential HNV farming systems (This is the principal task for the position being advertised). This methodology will use available geo-spatial data on vegetation type, farming systems, designated areas, farming intensity and land use/cover. We will also investigate an innovative remote sensing methodology that combines new high-resolution satellite imagery with other datasets and will apply this to a case study area (5000 km2) to assess its ability to more directly measure nature value of areas.

For full details of the post and how to apply please go to:


Landsat 8 to launch Febuary the 11th

From Directions magazine:

NASA held a press briefing (and issued a press release) on the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), the eighth satellite to be launched in the ongoing Landsat mission and soon to be renamed Landsat 8 after launch. The briefing was held to discuss mission management and the satellite’s launch on February 11.


Tellus Border Research Opportunity

Geological Survey of Northern Ireland invites tenders for scientific research applications of existing Tellus and new Tellus Border data sets.

http://www.tellusborder.eu/Research/ gives outline details and if they arouses your interest go on through the registration process on http://e-sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk/ (Ref: project_10761).

Good luck and Happy new year