From ESA:

On behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA), we are pleased to invite you to participate to the Call for Research Proposals of the Living Planet Fellowship 2018.The main objective of this initiative is to support young researchers who have a doctoral degree and who would like to initiate a scientific career in the context of Earth Observation and Earth system science.

With this call ESA plans to support up to 10 Post-Doctoral researchers (supported by ESA with a maximum amount of 99k Euro for 2-years under a co-funding scheme) to carry out a research project at a Host Institution in an eligible ESA Member State.

Candidate researchers shall submit research proposals responding to one of following Research Areas:

Advancing Novel Methods and Techniques

Advancing Earth System Science



The Living Planet Fellowship 2018 Projects will be funded under the 5th period of ESA?s Earth Observation Envelope Programme (EOEP-5). EOEP-5 is an optional programme of the Agency, and participation is restricted to host institutions which have their registered office in one of the following Participating States: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Slovenia and Canada.


Proposal and all supporting documents must be sent by e-mail to: EOScience@esa.int by no later than 22 February 2018 (the Closing Date).



From Taylor & Francis:


Big Earth Data is an interdisciplinary Open Access journal aiming to promote ‘big data’ sharing, processing and analysis in space to ground geosciences, thereby revolutionising the cognition of the Earth’s systems and its dynamic process. The journal publishes research topics on ‘big data’ studies across the entire spectrum of Earth Sciences. Article types include original research articles, review articles, data papers and technical notes

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


We are looking for a Post Doc to Join our SOLUM- soils and land use project to in our geospatial group in Teagasc, Dublin 15. It would suit a soils, or environment Phd with some experience in GIS or Remote sensing OR vice versa- a geospatial phd with some understanding of soils or GHG emissions- its very broad. The Deadline for applications is Jan 18th 2018.

Details of the post are here: Job Spec – PD1_SOLUM_1217 (these details and an application form will be posted on the Teagasc recruitment page from the 15th December). But the outline of the post is:

The primary objective of this project is to develop a spatially integrated soils and land use database for Ireland that will be used to provide a robust estimate of reference soil organic carbon (SOC) stocks and improve our capability to inform Tier 2 reporting of activities and land-based mitigation methodologies.

The post doc will combine image interpretation experience with spatial analytical methodologies to create a nationally definitive inventory of landuse and soil types by re-analysis of an existing landuse photo-database in conjunction with the Teagasc Soil Information System (SIS) in a GIS environment.


The candidate will be building what’s likely to be the definitive soils/land-use database for Ireland for next decade or so.


1) Earth Observation Research and Development Support Grade: Scientist (£29,874 – £35,346) or Junior Scientist (£22,404 – £27,165) Appointment: 3 year Full Time Appointment with anticipation of extension to open-ended Closing Date: 15 Dec 2017 Location: Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK) PML is looking for a dynamic, remote-sensing scientist to work on a number of new international research and development projects in the PML Earth Observation science group.  For more information see: https://advanced.advorto.com/PML/VacancyInformation.aspx?VId=20265

2) Earth Observation Scientist Open-ended Appointment Senior Scientist: (£37,183 – £42,625) or Scientist (£29,874 – £35,346) Closing Date: 15 Dec 2017 Location: Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK) PML is looking for a dynamic, mathematically-inclined remote-sensing scientist who will work on developing, testing and implementing novel algorithms for using satellite data to study pools and fluxes of carbon in the ocean. For more information see: https://advanced.advorto.com/PML/VacancyInformation.aspx?VId=20267

Bit off topic

via Geographic distribution of field boundary Types

Donegal’s DroneSAR Ltd has won the European Commission prize announced last night in  at the awards ceremony for the 14th European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) winners. More at IrishTechnews

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