Conference Contribution Details
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R.G. Scarrott, F. Cawkwell, N. Dwyer, B. Barrett, C. Pratola, I. Nitze, A. Patterson, C. O' Mahony, D. Dunne, S. Twomey
Irish Earth Observation Symposium 2012
Land and Sea: Diversity in Remote Sensing Research
Department of Spatial Information Sciences Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Bolton Street, Dublin 1
Poster Presentation
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The utilisation of Earth Observation data for a wide range of applications has grown from a relatively low base in Ireland in recent years. This has been supported by government investment via national agencies, and through the European Space Agency’s Earth Observation Envelope Programme. Within University College Cork (UCC), the Coastal and Marine Research Centre and Department of Geography have taken advantage of these supports to build significant capacity and expertise in Earth Observation research and teaching, particularly in the areas of coastal, marine and land applications.

This poster presents an overview of a number of the Earth Observation research areas being addressed by UCC, and illustrates how a range of skills and expertise are being developed and consolidated. Over the past 5 years, projects have been completed in areas as diverse as vegetation dynamics mapping in saltmarsh habitats, peatbog area estimation at a national scale, landcover phenological signals derivation, and soil moisture calculation in agricultural areas. Current projects include landcover and use mapping to facilitate carbon budget calculation, contrail identification, global soil moisture product development, storm surge forecasting, and maritime security applications amongst others. The expertise in optical and SAR data processing, the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, end-user engagement, and a variety of applications also contributes to very successful research-led postgraduate teaching via a taught Masters and at PhD level.

This integration of applied research and teaching in one location makes UCC one of the premier Irish third level institutions working in the Earth Observation arena today.

Multiple projects funded by EPA, COFORD, FIE, ESA, European Commission FP7