Restless Kilauea

New Copernicus Sentinel-2 images show the continuing outpouring of fiery lava from Kilauea in Hawaii


Brexit, Trump and Earth Observation

Even this blog can’t escape the political environment at the moment. Two recent articles show how politics will affect the use of EO data in the future.

The first details how the Trump administration is planning to re-introduce fees for accessing US satellite data. This data has been free for a decade and has revolutionized the geospatial industry, especially in the US, helping to create a multi-billion dollar enterprise. However the decision is in keeping with the Trump administrations general hostility toward NASA’s EO program.

The second shows how Brexit is posing a significant threat to the UK’s space industry generally but specifically the UKs access to the non-public (i.e.e defence) services from the EUs Galileo program.

I suppose both are good news stories for ESA and Copernicus and perhaps they point to future opportunities in the space sector for Ireland?


Plough and the stars. Remote sensing in Engineers Ireland Journal

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.



Best Scientists in Ireland are Remote Sensing Specialists

Well not quite but Thompson Reuters has just released their top 3000 cited scientists globally.The Irish times article lists 11 scientists working Ireland and 2 of them we can claim for RS.

Colin O’Dowd in NUIG has been working with EO data in climate studies for years and is one of the driving forces behind the SFI EO center application, ACEObs.

And Colm O’Donnell is a world-class expert in hyperspectral sensing and Image Processing in food production.