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Robert O'Hara

Walsh Fellow

Research Interests

Satellite and UAV remote sensing
Land cover mapping

Current Projects

Precision Agriculture tools and their application in land drainage issues in Ireland.
Remote sensing the extent and location of artificial drainage at regional and local scales in Ireland. Using modelled topographic and soil data in conjunction with multispectral satellite data to define the extent of drained and undrained heavy soils in the Border Midland and Western region. A series of field experiments will test the capability of thermal and multispectral imagery acquired using unmanned aerial vehicles to locate subsurface drains. Photogrammetry (Structure from Motion) will be used to build field-scale 3D models capable of accurately mapping overland flow and compared with current methods (LIDAR) for overall accuracy and cost. Cheap and effective means of monitoring farm drainage or irrigation systems will be an important aspect of increasing agricultural production into the future.


M.Sc. GIS & Remote Sensing, Maynooth University 2014.
M.A. Archaeological Practice, University College Dublin 2010.
B.A. Archaeology & Classics, University College Dublin. 1997

Professional Membership

Institute of Irish Archaeologists (IAI)