Highest ranked Remote Sensing Journals

Google Scholar have just released the 2014 Citation Index- ranking Journals for the h-index 2013.

The remote sensing journals are here (under engineering?) and the top three are:


1. Remote Sensing of Environment 75 98
2. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 65 90
3. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 39 56

Food Security and Global Missions – Minister of Ag to give lecture

Teagasc & the RDS have been running a series of lectures on Global Issues around Food security. The last of these is Next Tuesday 1st of July, in the Mansion House at 6.30pm where minister of ag Simon Coveney will talk on  “Ireland’s Response to Global Grand Challenges in Agriculture & Food”. Its a topic very relevant to the EO community as climate and food are the main divers in new EO applications from Copernicus and the context for much of the RS funding coming down the line.

To resister for the free event got to:







A list of all available remote sensing software

The best, most comprehensive (i.e. lists some Ive never heard of!) list of free remote sensing and GIS I’ve so far come across. Courtesy of the UN space office, no less:



National Risk Assessment for Ireland

I attended a very interesting workshop on risk during the week – hosted by UCD. One of the topics that came up was the draft national risk assessment that’s been created by the government.

the full doc can be found here- makes interesting reading:


Click to access Draft-NRA-2014.pdf



ILMO end-of-project workshop 20th June 2014

ILMO is a recently completed two-year project that attempted to map agricultural land

use change for the accounting of GHG exchanges. Using new OSI mapping products

(Prime 2) and novel optical and radar satellite techniques, land use categories have

been assigned to individual fields. The workshop will present the new methodologies,

maps for the trial counties of Sligo and Longford and outline the next steps for

landcover/landuse research in Ireland with the launch of the TaLAM (Toward

Landcover Accounting and Monitoring) project.

The workshop is aimed towards those with an interest in:

• Mapping agriculture

• Land use and land use change

• Remote Sensing techniques for overcoming cloudy conditions

• GHG accounting

The workshop is limited to a maximum of 45 participants.

Partners of the EPA funded Irish Land Mapping Observatory (ILMO) project will hold a

workshop discussing their final results at the Teagasc Kildalton College campus

(Piltown, Co. Kilkenny) from

10:00 – 14:00 on Friday, 20th June 2014.

To reserve a place or for

further information, please contact Fiona Cawkwell–




ILMO end-of-project workshop 20th June 2014.

Lightning strikes in Ireland- Live!

An interesting use of remote sensing (in its broadest terms), is the remote detection of lightning. Ground based sensors detect the characteristic radio waves from a lightning strike and can triangulate position with a network of sensors.
There are space based systems looking at the characteristic signature of lightning (there’s one on the TRIMM satellite I think)- but they do have to be looking at the right time.

The ground based sensors can only detect ground strikes (or near ground)- but these are the ones we are interested in!
The EUCLID network monitors Europe and they have great real time map of lightning activity: