Spatial analysis research, comprising Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and earth observing (EO) remote sensing (RS) technologies provides a powerful platform for the comprehensive analysis of all land–based activities at the interface between the agri-food sector, economy and environment.
- A key strength of GIS/EO is the potential for integrated analysis across all scales from the field to farm right up to national level.
- New methods of analysis and the collection, archiving and distribution of spatial data on issues affecting the agri-food industry and the rural economy are being developed and applied.
- Current research using RS technologies in space and on board aircraft is seeking to integrate real measurements of farm performance and output into Teagasc farm models, to map areas of high biodiversity and to make 3D-derived measurements of biomass contained in hedgerows and woodlands. View Fodder crisis mapped from space
- Spatial analysis seeks to equip stakeholders with the knowledge to achieve high farm output and excellent agri-environmental quality while providing evidence-based knowledge to support policymakers in designing, implementing and evaluating programmes.