A Comprehensive Roadmap to 50 Years of (Satellite) Earth Observation Resources for the Island of Ireland (1972 – 2023)

Daithí Maguire


A comprehensive review of optical (panchromatic, multispectral and hyperspectral) and synthetic aperture radar satellite imagery coverage for terrestrial and near-shore areas of interest on the island of Ireland. The review spans 50 years and includes approximately 170+ retired and operational Earth Observation (EO) satellite sensors, and a further 60+ EO satellite sensors which are planned to be launched over the next five years.

Satellite characteristics and sensor capabilities are listed in tabular form and the extents of the spatial and temporal coverage of the island of Ireland are estimated for each sensor (as available). Guidance on how to access this data is provided, with an emphasis on gaining free or reduced cost access for research and scientific purposes.

Information on free open source software tools for viewing, processing and analysing EO imagery is provided, along with a selection of online resource and reference materials.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.2014/igj.v52i1.1433

URN: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:irg:ie:0000-igj.v52i1.14339

URN (PDF): http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:irg:ie:0000-igj.v52i1.1433.g11734


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