Remote Sensing of Potatoes

The theme of this years IEOS conference is Automation in EO- automating, processing, analysis and service delivery.

A new service of under ESA’s innovation hub is EOPLUGIN, which aims to make it easier to link business information with EO data to improve outcomes. The first example being offered is in the European potato industry- linking industry data with EO images to detect disease and improve logistics within the industry. The service is discussed here.

5P – The Secret Sentinel?

On this blog we’re mostly interested in terrestrial observations- but I thought it might be useful to highlight a different data source.

Even though it launched in 2017 the satellite Sentinel 5P is only now providing data made available on the Copernicus Hub. 5P is “placeholder” bridging the gap between envisat and sentinel 5 proper.

It principal job is measuring trace gases globally with a 7by3.5 km resolution- enough for regional scale mapping within a country like Ireland- the gases it detects are ozone, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and methane. The sensor can also map aerosols.



Irish EO Symposium 2018 – Pre Call

Details of registration and conference to follow- but just to let you put it in your diary, this years Irish Earth Observation Symposium will be held in Teagasc Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15 on the 6th and 7th of December.

We are changing the format a little this year- day one will be the usual mix of oral and poster presentations Рwith a dedicated session on drone application in Ireland. Day 2 will be a half day workshop on coding in EO. The workshop will have limited numbers (30) and be prioritized for PhD and Post Doc attendees- with experts giving best practice advice  in Python, R, Matlab and others as well as a dedicated coding clinic were students can get direct practical advice on code they are working on.

We’ll see you there!






Tracking Hurricane Flo

If you are interested in following the impact of Hurricane Florence- remote sensing is the way to do it safely.

Lots of sources but one of the neatest is a “real-time” visualization of current weather satellite images, presented as an animation (only GOES satellites).

The Service is here, from the University of Colorado.

You can get much closer by clicking on the live web-cam stream from North Carolina Traffic Division (though how long they will stay live is any-ones guess).


The Earth wind site, provides animations of current global winds as below.