Monthly Archives: December 2015

My first experiences with Sentinel-2A data

An interesting blog post on user experience with basic analysis of Sentinel-2A data using ESA’s SNAP open-source toolbox.

Earth Observation & Remote Sensing Research in Ireland

First, some pretty pictures

S2A_20151208T182059_RGB Dublin, Ireland on 8 December 2015

Operational ESA Sentinel-2A data recently became available for public download from the Sentinels Scientific Data Hub.  I managed after several attempts to download a 3.2 GB sized zip file containing data from Tuesday, 8 December 2015. After extracting the zip file, I opened the data using ESA SNAP 2.0 with the Sentinel-2 Toolbox. After selecting true colour bands at 10 meter resolution and some minor processing, I produced a lovely image of Dublin, Ireland and its surroundings- urban areas, farms, upland bogs, clouds at different altitudes as judged by the distance to their shadows, and suspended sediments and humic and tannic acids in the Irish Sea.

Drogheda_20151208 Drogheda, Ireland on 2015

In the image above of Drogheda, we can clearly see plumes of humic and tannic acids (dark brown in colour) emptying from the River Boyne into the Irish Sea, accompanied by suspended…

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Visualizing Impact of Youth Leadership for the Natural World: Jane Goodall Launches Tapestry of Hope Interactive Map

The Tapestry of Hope…..

GIS and Science

Famed primatologist and conservationist launches new online tool with Esri at COP21 in Paris

Today, with deep thanks to Esri, Dr. Jane Goodall and the Jane Goodall Institute are launching the Tapestry of Hope, an interactive online tool to visualize the thousands of projects led by young people around the globe who are passionate about protecting our shared environment.

As world leaders struggle to make progress in Paris for the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Dr. Jane Goodall, spreading her message of hope for our world, is calling on each of us to take action ourselves to protect our natural world.

Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, Dr. Jane Goodall, through her Roots & Shoots program, has inspired hundreds of thousands of people around the globe to take action to make the world a better place…

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Global Forest Assessment Report 2015 Released


The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has released its latest Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) Report, which aims to quantify how the world’s forests are changing. This important report is used and cited often by nearly all kind of people working with forests. This is demonstrated clearly in the preface statement of the Assessment Report: “Reliable and up-to-date information on the state of forest resources is crucial to support decision-making for investment and policymaking in forestry and sustainable development.”

Access the FRA 2015 report here.