Earth Observation & GIS Applications

Applied Information Integration

Deciding on optimal options requires multiple sources of information to be considered. This is a key focal point for directing how MaREI’s EO & GIS Applications team do their research. The researchers regularly deploy their skills in advanced spatial analyses, geo-statistics, and web-GIS within their applied research, using the cutting-edge GIS technologies available through partner institutes. Through the Marine Irish Digital Atlas (MIDA), and their leadership of the International Coastal Atlas Network (ICAN), the team are kept at the forefront of international metadata standards, coastal decision support needs and tailored applications, and data integration and information display. Being integrated closely with MaREI’s Governance  research has also enabled the GIS researchers to excel in visual information presentation and delivery modes and techniques.

Seizing Opportunities in Maritime-Space Information

Expanding satellite fleets such as Europe’s Sentinel systems, and the vast quantities of data they collect, provide a huge challenge, and opportunity to Ireland’s maritime sector in terms of information for science and society. The Earth Observation (EO) and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Applications team are focused on extracting information from this EO (satellite-derived) and spatial data, delivering it to those that need it in a form that is useful to them. Embedded within the Governance thematic grouping, the team are very much at the forefront of targeted information extraction and delivery. This ensures our research is very much applied, serving industry, communities, and science.

The work of the Earth Observation and GIS team actively exploits the opportunity space that exists between the maritime arena, and the Space technology sector, and enabled by the European Space Agency (EOEP, IAP and DUE Programmes), National (EPA), and European funding schemes (FP-7 & H2020). Researching in such a fast-paced environment the group are always willing to engage with new ideas and explore new avenues of research which enhance our core research focuses.

Contact Rory Scarrott for further information.

Core Research Areas Include

  • Information extraction, data processing and validation (SAR, Optical, Altimetry, Thermal),
  • Marine ecology science support – in particular focused on the fisheries and aquaculture sectors,
  • Space Strategy, Maritime Safety and Security,
  • Coastal land-cover, land-use, and seasonality mapping,
  • Capacity building (EO training) and science support,
  • Decision Support and web-GIS applications,
  • Climate Information services,
  • Science communication, teaching, and public outreach.


  • SAFI: Supporting out Aquaculture and Fisheries Industry
  • CINMarS: Combining Innovation Networks in Maritime and Space
  • Co-ReSyF: Coastal Waters Research Synergy Framework
  • C-TEP: Coastal Thematic Exploitation Platform
  • PIPS: Developing a tool to predict seabird vulnerability to oil pollution
  • MIDA: Marine Irish Digital Atlas
  • CCI Soil Moisture
  • MarIA: Marine Integrated Applications
  • eSurge: Earth Observation for Storm Surge Modelling and Forecasting
  • EODAT:
  • SeaSearch:


  • NG -RMP: (Next Generation Recognised Maritime Picture),
  • ANISTIAMO : (Addressing New challenges in Satellite Based Maritime Surveillance and Arctic Monitoring),
  • Phenology Impacts on Ireland,
  • Planforbio: Planning and Management Tools for Biodiversity in a Range of Irish Forests
  • South and East Cork Area Development Community Trails Project
  • Cork Harbour Oil-Spill GIS


Co-ReSyF Workshop

A free one and a half day workshop on the exciting new era of maritime and space innovation.

Event Report | International Ocean Colour Science Meeting

This year, the Third International Ocean Colour Science (IOCS2017) Meeting took place 15-18th May in sunny and warm Lisbon, Portugal. Read the event report here.

UCC Alumni launches new book on Marine Geomorphology

UCC Alumni Darius Bartlett launches new book in the UCC ERI Beaufort Building: 'Geoinformatics for Marine and Coastal Management'

MaREI researcher on North South Atlantic Training Transect 2016

MaREI’s Abi Cronin gives us an account of her experience on the North South Atlantic Training Transect (NoSoAT) 2016...


Co-ReSyF is a strategic initiative funded by the European Commission, aiming to support the development of coastal research though satellite data.

Beaufort Building to Officially Open (July 3rd, 2015)

MaREI’s new headquarters at University College Cork’s (UCC) Beaufort Building in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork, will officially open on the 11th July 2015...


CINMarS aims to identify mechanisms that underpin a strategy for developing stronger links and alliances between the space and maritime sectors.