Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Counting the COST of Ophelia

Hurricane Ophelia hit Ireland last week. Although no longer a hurricane in name (it can't be one over cold waters) it was of hurricane force and did severe damage to many parts of the country resulting in loss fo life, complete closure of most public services and transport, fallen trees, coastal and inland flooding and power outages. Listening to Newstalk on the drive in this morning the insurance costs are expected to be in the billions. 

Baltimore Beacon - Photograph: Youen Jacob/Provision

Another cost of Ophelia was the cancellation of one of MY flights - the 18:15 scheduled for Brussels for the kick off meeting of a new COST action HARMONIOUS - "Harmonization of UAS techniques for agricultural and natural ecosystems monitoring". This COST action really caught my eye and has cross overs with a number of NCG projects including the RPAS Precision Ag stuff, the drainage using thermal cameras and RPAS, and the coastal bathymetry mapping using RPAS. These technologies are really in their infancy and there is no standard approach to data processing, either in the early stages of preprocessing or later on in data analysis. This is of interest to me from the OSi change detection project, where classification of high resolution imagery plays a major role. The SCSI RPAS WG can also benefit from the info on standardising results, plus the SCSI Rural Division I suspect.

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My name is Conor. I am a Lecturer at the Department of Geography at Maynooth University. These few lines will (hopefully) chart my progress through academia and the world of research.