The Marine Institute, Galway, Ireland is looking to recruit a new remote sensing specialist. More details here
Thanks to everyone who attended, organised, presented at Irish Earth Observation Symposium 7 in Teagasc Ashtown Dublin. It seems to have been a successful meeting, with plenty of stimulating presentations and discussions.
So here’s to next year (to be Hosated in NUI Maynooth). The Presentations will be posted shortly but first here is the book of abstracts: Teagasc_Booklet_31pp
Ireland’s only science focused film festival opens on Thursday:
See you there
An Irish lead consortium has created an integrated harmful algal bloom alert system for aquaculture and in doing so won the first price in the Copernicus masters completion;
Another great Irish earth observation success story
A PhD studentship in the area of Hyperspectral Remote Sensing and machine vision areas is available for the academic year 2014. The studentship will be hosted in the Department of the Informatics and System Engineering, Cranfield University, Defence Academy of UK, Shrivenham, Swindon SN6 8LA, United Kingdom. Dependent on the project the successful candidate will be offered opportunity to work with other universities within UK and/or aboard (Germany and China) as part of the study…..more
Applications for the eSurge short course on Applying Earth Observation Data to Storm Surge Modelling and Forecasting are now being taken.
Deadline for applications is Midnight (GMT) on December 6th, 2013.
For further information and to apply, see http://www.storm-surge.info/training-event/
The Science Squad programme shown on RTE 1, featuring me and Tim McCarthy of NUIM on remote sensing of grasslands can be found here on RTE Player
Oregon State University has announced the intention to image 50 acres of potatoes at its 300-acre research facility using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). More from Precision Ag here
With the recent fodder crisis and high agricultural industry growth targets set for 2020, growing the nation’s most important crop has become very serious business. Stuart Green, a remote sensing specialist at Teagasc’s Spatial Analysis Unit in Ashtown, tells presenter Kathriona Devereux how we are now using NASA and the ESA’s satellite technology to monitor grass growth using infra-red technology tonight on The Science Squad. It’s a research project that quite literally involves watching grass grow!
Using satellites to observe plant growth is a well developed technological service used across the globe, especially in tillage and horticulture. Measuring grass levels in a highly managed landscape like Ireland is much less developed.
Tonight on The Science Squad, Stuart Green describes the work that Teagasc, in collaboration with colleague Dr Fiona Cawkell in UCC, is doing in this area: “It’s hoped that within a short time we will be able to offer farmers estimates of current growing conditions, growth rate predictions and management advice such as when to turn out cattle from winter housing,” explains Stuart.
This sort of service is an example of precision agriculture: using technology to help farmers reduce inputs, manage their time and plan for the future.
“Focussing on grass and the delivery of plain, easily used, advice over the mobile phone means that the benefits of this technology will be available to all farmers regardless of size or system,” says Stuart.
The Science Squad will be broadcast on RTÉ 1 Friday October 4 at 7.30pm. See promotional video for tonight’s episode at: http://www.thesciencesquad.ie/episodes/series-2-episode-5/