Thursday, 18 May 2017

Gorse Fires - Basic Payments Scheme

I see from The Journal that satellite imagery is being used to identify gorse burning with an eye to docking farmers through the basic payment scheme. I can certainly see how they could use it to quickly find the burning gorse using both optical (look for the fires / thermal signatures) or SAR (look for changes in backscatter following the burning) but I do not see how they can prove it was intentional using satellite imagery. I'll be following that one and may see something that the SCSI Rural group would be interested in. Additionally, the COPERNICUS emergency management service doesn't seem to have been activated - so that means the hi-res imagery wont be available free of charge for the period.

Thursday, 11 May 2017


I notice the University ePrints system has our recent paper (published in Inventions) listed as having been published in Interventions. 

I'm not sure what they are trying to tell us.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Forest Fires

I cam e across a nice link posted over on the EO & RS in Ireland blog. NASA have a near-real time satellite mapping facility for forest fires and this is quite topical right now with the gorse fires in Galway after the recent unseasonal dry weather.

The satellite mapping has identified a number of hotspots around Ireland right now but when you look at the rest of the planet you start to see some countries experiencing hundreds of occurrences, such as Mexico, Guinea, India etc. Screengrab for the Congo below.

Monday, 8 May 2017


The Conference of Irish Geographers 2017 was very enjoyable. I made my way to UCC (who hosted) to present our Slick Mapping results at the inaugural EO session. The usual culprits from MScs in GIS and RS were there scattered throughout the crowd. The Irish Geography community really is a tight-knit one, everyone knows everyone else and the atmosphere reminded me very much of Survey Ireland and the Geomatics community. Looking forward to next year when it is being hosted by NUIM and well done everyone involved this year.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Coastal Renewables - Electricity from Drones?

A innovation I have come across a number of times recently in wind energy is the use of light weight kites or similar to generational rotational energy. These are alot cheaper than the traditional turbines and easier and quicker to deploy. Looking through the Irish Times recently I came across an article about a plan to use drones in a kite surfing fashion to generate energy and a test site had already been identified off the coast of Mayo. Ireland 'has the best wind' apparently - just the best. It is interesting to see drones possibly providing energy as usually they just use it up!

Monday, 24 April 2017


A UN project using satellite data for monitoring and improving water use and management in Africa and the Middle East has gone beta this week. They use real time satellite data (although quote 1 to 10 days as the time delay - so it is more near real time) and Google Earth Engine to do the processing. One to watch and must forward it to a Californian friend of mine who is dipping his toes into Precision Ag. Spatial resolutions of 30m to 250m, so I'm guessing Landsat is the smallest they use?

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Potree - Denmark

This is extremely impressive. An RGB point cloud in a web viewer for the whole of Denmark - runs quite smoothly too but keep the fire extinguisher near the PC when you start panning to view multiple areas...

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