The Guardian has an interesting story here on the Kenyan government use of remote sensing to trigger insurance payouts to pastoral farmers hit by drought.
Farm production insurance isn’t a big industry in Ireland (or the EU) as the Single Farm Payment acts as a income support measure. But as the SFP becomes a smaller percentage of farm income and as it doesn’t cover all agriculture (lots of horticulture for example) its likely to grow and remote sensing will definitely play a role in payouts.
We’ve put on the Teagasc viewer a map showing the full extent of last years storm Desmond flood event.
Whilst media coverage focused on urban impacts the rural impact was across a much greater area.
2016 winter flooding in Ireland
The Irish local chapter of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation are hosting a 1 day Symposium in Limerick on the 26th of May 2017 .
The day will consist of short presentations in the morning, with hands-on workshop/practicals being run in the afternoon using OSGeo projects. The Keynote speaker is Dr.Markus Neteler (Mundialis/OSGeo/GRASS-GIS Project).