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I recently wrote a general interest piece on remote sensing, Copernicus and agriculture for the Engineers Journal published by Engineers Ireland.

Its available now online on the Engineers Journal website.




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We often get asked to produce maps by colleagues and for one reason or another they don’t get a wide audience. So we though we’d take the best request each month and turn it in to the “Map of the Month“.

First of our new lab member, Jesko Zimmermann has produced a very nice map based on OSI Prime 2 data showing average agricultural field size in Irish townlands.


Full Resolution PDF here













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EO and Space

A couple of months ago I gave a talk on EO in Ireland at Engineers Ireland. It was webcast and the video is now online .

I’m speaking for the first 20mins, but after me come the real highlight. Niamh Shaw, on wanting to be an astronaut and really on the dream and idea of humans in space- she’s a fantastic speaker and performer. And then a wife and husband team from NASA- Dava Newman, MIT on how she is designing the next gen space suit and Gui Trotti and how he designed the habitation modules on the ISS.

The last three are brilliant speakers- over Christmas if you want a break from the hohoho, then an hour spent listening to these three would be very rewarding


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I’m speaking at the Institute of Engineers on the use satellite tech in farming as part of Space week. Its a free event and there 3 other (far more interesting) speakers:

Project Management and Young Engineers Society

in Association with Cooney Architects and i3PT Certification Present:

Architecture & Engineering in Space “

Venue – 22 Clyde Rd, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Date – Tuesday10th October 2017

Time – 17:30 to 20:00


An evening of international and national expert talks focusing on the links between the Engineering, Architecture and space exploration. What type of space suit performs best in space? How engineers are designing systems so settlers can survive on arrival? Engineering pushes the boundaries of what is possible and Space Architects designs the environments that will be inhabited in outer space. Come along and learn more!

Event Outline

17.30 – Introduction and welcome

17.35 – Stuart Green – Copernicus for Agricultural Applications in Ireland

17:55 – Dr Niamh Shaw – Walking slowly towards Space

18.20 – Dava Newman – A better built Space Suit

18:40 – Gui Trotto – Pushing Human Limits to the Extreme

19:10 – Interactive Q&A session


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The theme of this year’s IEOS meeting, held in Maynooth University, is strengthening the linkages between Researchers, Technologists, Service-Providers and End-Users in order to enable more effective exploitation of Copernicus Earth observation (EO) data & information services across Ireland.

This year’s event will be different in that Day-1 (2nd Nov 2017) will be dedicated to highlighting and presenting Earth Observation projects from Researchers, Government Agencies and Industry whilst Day-2 (3rd Nov 2017) will be dedicated to EU’s Copernicus programme with special emphasis on Land, Marine, Emergency and Climate Change Services within an Irish context

Call for presentations

We invite short abstracts in any area of Earth Observation and in particular dealing with the themes of:

  • Land Use/Land Cover
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Forestry Inventory
  • Urban Development
  • Coastal Management
  • Maritime Monitoring
  • Climate Change
  • Emergency Management

If you are interested in submitting a papers/Poster please send a short 300 word abstract to “presentations@ieos2017.com” and outline if you wish to present a talk or poster.

Shortlisted papers will be invited to present at the Symposium and/or provide a Poster.

Conference Website


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Whilst gorse and forest fires rage across the country, causing particular destruction in Galway, its might be interesting to see these events in a global context.

NASA runs a “real time” forest fire detection service, using thermal anomaly mapping from MODIS and VIIRS satellites. A screen grab from today show the global distribution of fires in the last 24hrs (red dots):

You can access the FIRMS service here

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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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