2 EO Phd Fellowships in Dublin

John Connolly alerts us to two really nice PhD fellowships in Irish Earth Observation in DCU:

•       Smart observations of management impact on peatland function (SmartBog) – PhD 1
•       Habitat mapping, assessment and monitoring with high resolution imagery (iHabiMap) – PhD 2

Both are available from the 1st of March. Further information is available here:

https://www.dcu.ie/sites/default/files/research/pdfs/ihabimap.pdf
https://www.dcu.ie/sites/default/files/research/pdfs/smartbog.pdf

Watch the National Biodiversity Conference live! LIVE from Dublin Castle throughout Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st February.

Thanks to the generous support of the EPA and the Dept Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, National Biodiversity Conference are streaming the entire conference live on their website. Viewers will be able to submit questions for the speakers via our e-poll app, join in the polls and share ideas through social media. It’s great news, as it means we can make the conference available to everyone who’s interested no matter where they are in the country and also minimise the transport emissions associated with the event.

High precision, low cost agriculture: New Tool for farmers’ savings

Background

In the EU some 11 million farmers grow crops on 110 million hectares of land. The costs associated with agriculture are on the rise and environmental demands are gaining ground by the day, meaning efficient and sustainable farming solutions are needed more than ever. 

Precision agriculture refers to the use of satellite navigation sensors, aerial images, and other tools to determine optimum sowing density, fertiliser cover and other inputs. It also refers to the use of GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systemfor supporting machine guidance, virtual fencing, and land parcel identification. These techniques allow farmers to save money, reduce their impact on the environment and increase their productivity.

The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) is the first pan-European satellite navigation system. It augments the US GPS (United States owned Global Positioning System, originally Navstar GPS) satellite navigation system and makes it suitable for safety critical applications such as flying aircraft or navigating ships through narrow channels.

EGNOS offers an affordable solution to move towards precision agriculture. In doing so, it enhances precision, eliminates waste, saves time, reduces fatigue, optimises the use of equipment (thus extending its lifetime) and increases crop yields.

New EASE tool for farmers

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The new EASE (Egnos sAvingS in agriculturE) tool is already available in the EGNOS User Support Website. The EASE tool intends to provide farmers with cost-benefit analyses on the use of EGNOS for machinery guidance in some of their typical agricultural labours: sowing, spreading, spraying and harvesting. The EASE tool presents a user-friendly interface that guides the user smoothly along the three configuration screens before obtaining the final EGNOS savings of the proposed scenario.

The EASE tool is based on a comprehensive (but pragmatic) model, in order to try to be simple but also in line with reality. The methodology takes into account the specific circumstances, considering both costs and labour practices, of each farmer. The tool can perform scalable studies, including as many operation tasks as the farmer considers relevant. In the end, the user can print or export the results obtained.