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From Keith Lambkin in Met Éireann:

Every leap year for the last 28 years the Joint Working Group on Applied Agricultural Meteorology (AGMET) traditionally holds an event on or near the 29th February. This February we are relaunching our website as our leap year event.

It replaces the old site and can be viewed at www.agmet.ie

Our aim is to bring together relevant Irish agricultural meteorology related material into the one place. This website will hopefully allow for greater more frequent AGMET interactions. It also provides a platform in which the Irish agro-meteorology community can share upcoming events, PhD adverts, research opportunities, available data sources as well as catch up on related news feeds.

This site is designed for use on mobile devices as well as desktop computers for ease of use. Much of the content of this site has been community driven, informed in part from our recent Agricultural Meteorology Seminar, (National Botanic Gardens, June 2015).

While we aim to add to the site over the coming weeks, feedback, comments and news articles are always welcomed. Please contact us if you would like to share or advertise anything.


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Iftikhar Ali PhD student in UCC&Teagasc passed this on:


Here is recently available ​free e-​ book on “Land Applications of Radar Remote Sensing”

​; you can download chapter by chapter, click on each chapter and then at the bottom of the page there is link “download as PDF”. ​


Looks like a very useful resource

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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

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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:







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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:



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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:


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Somehwhat offf topic:

Teagasc 3 Year PhD Walsh Fellowship

€22,000 Per Annum

Sustainability and Consumers’ Use of Mobile Optical Recognition Systems in Food Related Search

Walsh Fellowship Number: 2014054


The penetration of smartphones and iPads has risen rapidly over the past 18 months, reaching over 50% of the Irish population in 2013. These devices, sometimes referred to as optical recognition systems, possess mobile optical character recognition (OCR) capabilities enabling phone users to scan either Quick Recall codes (QR) or the package itself to link in to the company’s website or augmented reality (AR) applications. This presents food companies and the food industry in general with an opportunity to engage directly with consumers at the point of purchase or consumption. The project aims to develop a greater understanding of consumers’ usage of these devices to search for and access food related information thereby assisting companies and support agencies evaluate the strategic opportunities presented by these new technologies.


By adopting a mixed method approach to the research, this study will track and explain mobile OCR usage to engage with food products; it will identify the motivations underlying these engagements; it will assess the role of sustainability (across environmental, social, and economic dimensions) in encouraging search and engagement; and it will identify the potential to communicate the sustainability message using mobile OCR devices. Ultimately, it will inform key food company strategic decisions related to marketing, communication, packaging and brand development.



Applicants should have or expect to have a good primary degree (First or Second Class Honours) or Masters in an appropriate discipline (e.g. Food Marketing, Agri-business, Marketing & Management, Commerce, Applied Psychology). The successful candidate should be highly self-motivated and be prepared to undertake fieldwork using a range of data collection techniques.


This three year Teagasc Walsh Fellowship forms part of a joint research project between the Department of Agrifood Business and Spatial Analysis, Teagasc and the Department of Food Business and Development, University College Cork. The student will be based at the Teagasc Food Research Centre at Ashtown, Dublin 15 (under the supervision of Dr Maeve Henchion and Stuart Green) and will be registered at University College Cork (under the supervision of Dr Alan Collins, Dr Mary McCarthy and Dr Carol Kelleher). The Fellowship will start as soon as possible after 1st of October 2014 when the most suitable candidate is appointed. The fellowship provides an annual stipend of €22,000. University fees are deducted from the stipend which is tenable for 3 years.

Further Information/Applications

Dr Maeve Henchion, Dept. of Agrifood Business and Spatial Analysis, Teagasc, Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15, Ireland

Phone: +353 (0)1 8059515                        email: maeve.henchion@teagasc.ie

Dr Alan Collins, Dept. Food Business and Development, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

Phone: +353 (0)21 490066                        email: a.collins@ucc.ie


Application Procedure

Submit an electronic copy of Curriculum Vitae and a letter of interest simultaneously to:

Dr Maeve Henchion (maeve.henchion@teagasc.ie) and

Dr Alan Collins (a.collins@ucc.ie).

Closing date Monday June 9th, 2014

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