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GIS Monthly Maps 2024

The Teagasc spatial analysis unit use data from a number of sources to assist farming. The sources used include the Ordnance Survey of Ireland, the Central Statistics Office, and Earth observation satellites, and remote sensing technologies. 

In creating the 'Map of the Month' the unit takes the most interesting map produced in each month to present it to a wider audience to promote discussion and debate  on the contribution of spatial analysis to Irish agriculture and food and on the specific maps produced. Maps can be viewed in interactive and pdf format. Read more about map of the month here.

January - The Soil Water Index

Cartographers:  Dr Jesko Zimmermann

View map here: The Soil Water Index

The  Copernicus Global Land Service  is a fantastic resource of global earth observation products. It is part of the European Land Monitoring Core Service and provides a range of derived products covering areas of Vegetation, Energy, Water and the Cryosphere but also hot-spot monitoring.

In this map we showcase the Soil Water Index, which is built from radar satellite imagery and provides a good indication of the soil water status, including an estimate of deeper soil layers. 

About Map of the Month

In addition to undertaking geographical analyses and producing maps for research projects, the spatial analysis lab responds to ad hoc requests for contributions.  The latter may be for in-house purposes or to inform policy submissions. While dissemination is a key objective of research projects, maps produced in response to such requests rarely get a wider audience. We’ve decided that we’ll take the most interesting map we have produced in each month and to present it here to hopefully find a wider audience and promote discussion and debate on both the contribution of spatial analysis to Irish agriculture and food and on the specific maps produced.

Whilst this map can be shared please check with us before reproducing it in a publication. Many of the data sets we use are under licence with conditions attached.

For general enquiries contact Stuart Green or the author above for information on this month’s map.