Project Description

The Irish Land Mapping Observatory (ILMO) was an EPA funded project involving University College Cork (UCC), the Ordnance Survey of Ireland (OSi), Teagasc and Forest Environmental Research & Services Ltd (FERS) that was carried out between 2012 and 2014.

The ILMO project was tasked with developing an integrated Geoinformatics approach towards detecting land cover and use within Irish agricultural lands to facilitate reporting on national greenhouse gas emissions related to land use. A combination of radar and optical satellite data was used to identify the optimal techniques for discriminating land cover, land use and their respective changes over time. Classifications of land cover were assigned to vector-based objects pre-defined by Ordnance Survey Ireland in their Prime2 database, with robust rules defined to match sub- or multiple-pixel land parcels to the most appropriate land cover and use.

Papers & Publications

The Irish Land Mapping Observatory: Mapping and Monitoring Land Cover, Use and Change