SPOT images to be free

CNES and the french Govn have announce that SPOT imagery older than 5 years will be made freely available to resacrhers. This is commitment is part of EU commitment to GEOSS.
This article in Space News has the details. Its good news but it wont be simple to access if history is any guide.


Air pollution monitor for dublin

The big ballymount fire in Dublin made me think about the network of air monitors in the city. You get real time data for air quality across Europe using the AirNOW app:

GEO for another Decade

Last week the global Group on Earth Observations held a 10 year plenary session at week its mandate was extended for another decade (see press release here).
After a slow start when, frankly, trying to define what is was was even more difficult than trying to find out what use it was, the organisation has found its feet as a global coordinator of public earth observation resources (with CEOS and has quite a catalog of tools available for data discovery and collaboration (mostly though GEOSS), though many are difficult to track down (even with the correct web address) and few are easy to use. Though i still think agriculture is under served in the GEO make-up

Look here for a portal for accessing imagery used in some of the GEO services

Post doc in UCC

The Forest Ecology Research Group at University College Cork has recently been awarded research funding to study the risks posed by afforestation to vulnerable habitats and bird species in Ireland, which will inform strategic planning of forest expansion in Ireland.

The School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences now seeks to recruit an experienced post-doctoral researcher to lead this project.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in zoology, ecology or related areas, and a demonstrated competence in GIS, statistical analysis and international scientific publication. Experience in ornithological research and landscape ecology would be a significant advantage. Experience of working in a team environment, report writing and meeting key targets and goals is also desirable.

Application: To apply please send a CV and accompanying letter of application together with two letters of reference to Dr Sandra Irwin, School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University College Cork, Enterprise Centre, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork, Ireland. Tel: 021 4904595, E-mail:

Deadline for applications: 21st February 2014.

Post Doc and Phd opportunities in France

Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d’Ecologie marine et continentale (IMBE)
Aix-Marseille Université, CNRS are looking to fill a post in GIS plant distributions modelling (Postdoc) or
in ecosystem services mapping (PhD), as part of the OPERAs project (

For more information regarding the position contact Dr. Arne Saatkamp (

Hi_res Video taken from space

Skybox Satellite, a commercial cubesat company, have released the first collection of high res video captured from space. The first of a constellation of video imaging satellites- as you watch just remember these are captured in real time- they are not animations.