The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over the island of South Georgia. Linked with the South Sandwich Islands to form a British Overseas Territory, this southern Atlantic island is a haven for a vast array of wildlife.

Around five million seals call the islands home, as well as 65 million birds of 30 different species. Migrating whales and various fish species populate the surrounding waters and there is a large penguin population.

In 2012 the UK Government designated South Georgia as one of the world’s largest sustainable use Marine Protected Areas. Significant investment has also been made in fisheries management and scientific research, as well as targeted conservation efforts to help protect the albatross. South Georgia is home to the Wandering Albatross – the largest flying bird species in the world.

Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2018), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

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Paradise Hill, then and now.

Whilst researching some old soil data from our AFT soil survey archive I came across this photograph of Paradise Hill on the limerick/cork border taken in 1964 (the hill is in the middle ground, the Galtees in the background). I thought I’d see how it looks today and a quick Google street view drive by pretty well recreates the image.

Obviously the big change is the forestry on Paradise hill and on the flanks of the Galtees to the right. But a couple of more subtle points are worth noting. The field structure seems pretty much the same but the hedgerows seem much taller and fuller today than they were in ’64.

The 64 image was taken by J. P. O’Callaghan and you can see the Google data directly here:


IEOS workshop links

At the coding workshop run by Jesko Zimmermann at this years IEOS I went through a few online resources for finding imagery but more importantly for finding pre-baked EO products. A couple of people asked me to post them so here they are:







IEOS 2018 a Great Success

I’d like to thank all 100+ attendees at the Irish Earth Observation Symposium in Teagasc Ashtown last week, you made it all a great success with fascinating talks and posters.

I’d like to personally thank the local organizing committee for there help and especially Jesko Zimmermann for doing a great job with the Friday coding workshop.

See you all next year- ICHEC has agreed to host, so watch this space!


The Winners!!!!!!!!


Team Teagasc just won first place in the Farming by Satellite Competition!!!!




Eumetsat Research Fellowship in Satellite Remote Sensing

3-years Eumetsat Research Fellowship in Satellite Remote Sensing and Data Assimilation The selected Research Fellow will join the Satellite Winds group at the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC), Barcelona, Spain. Interested candidates should apply no later than 13 January 2019. The online application system can be found at

Team Teagasc have arrived in Marseille for the Farming by Satellite final


Irish team competing in international Farming by Satellite competition.

Team Teagasc composed of Richa Marwaha (Walsh fellow PhD student), Azucena Jiménez-Castañeda (Walsh fellow PhD student) and Gabriela Afrasinei (Post Doc) mentored by their Teagasc supervisor Stuart Green (Teagasc, Rural Economy & Development Programme, Ashtown, Dublin) are finalists in the “Farming by Satellite” competition, which takes place in Marseille (France) on 5th Dec 2018.

This week is Space week and one of the events is the “Farming by Satellite” completion run by the European GNSS Agency (with the European Environmental Agency) to promote precision agriculture using Copernicus satellite information in the area of agriculture. The competition ran through the summer with teams or young researchers submitting a proposal for an idea using positioning services and Satellite data to help farmers and the Team Teagasc entry was one of 6 slected for the final in Marseilles.

The students proposal is called “Feed On DemanD – wEdge & gRazing App” (FODDERApp) and the main objective is to help farmers manage feed demand efficiently. The app will automatically combines satellite information, GPS information and real-time meteorological information to estimate grass cover using machine learning algorithms. The app presents the information as a farm map and calculates feed budgets and paddock management options based on information about the farm and herd entered by the farmer. The app will integrate with smartphone personal assistants allowing the farmer to talk to the app and get reponses. The app builds on the research of the three Teagasc Ashtown spatial analysis students:

Richa Marwaha (middle) is co-supervised Deirdre Hennessy (Teagasc Moorepark) and Fiona Cawkwell (UCC) and is researching estimating biomass from satellite with machine learning. Azucena Jiménez-Castañeda (left) is co-supervised with Rowan Fealy (MU) and is researching the use of real time weather data in agriculture and Gabriela Afrasinei (right) is a Post Doc on the EPA funded SOLUM project as a remote sensing expert on landuse.

The three will present their application to the judges on Wednesday 5th in Marseille hoping to win the first prize of €5000.