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Cloud frequency map for Europe & update to cloud frequency web app

I’ve posted before about the cloud frequency map that I created using Google Earth Engine. This post is just a quick update to mention a couple of changes. Firstly, I’ve produced some nice pretty maps of the data from 2017 over Europe and the UK respectively. I posted the Europe one to the DataIsBeautiful subreddit […]


I really enjoy reading blogs. That seems to be a slightly outdated view, as many people have moved over to using Twitter exclusively, but I like being able to follow everything that a specific person writes, and seeing mostly long-form articles rather than off-the-cuff comments. Back in the day, when blogs were really popular, every […]

Some recent papers of mine

I’ve just realised that I haven’t posted about the last few papers that I’ve authored. Some of these came from before I stopped paid work due to ill-health, and some were based on work that was done before I stopped work, but have only been published since. Anyway, on with the papers: Rapid and near […]

Roadside leafiness from space – Part 2

In the last post in this series, I showed some pretty maps of roadside leafiness, created by extracting NDVI values near roads – like this: This time, I want to move away from pretty images to some numerical analysis – and also move from a local scale to a national scale. My first question was: […]

Roadside leafiness from space – Part 1

If you just want to see some pretty maps of roadside leafiness then scroll down…otherwise, start at the top to find out how I did this. I’ve recently started doing a little bit of satellite imaging work again, and started off with a project that was inspired by a post on James O’Connor’s blog. He […]

Quick way to delete columns from a shapefile

I haven’t posted anything on this blog for a long time – sorry about that. I’ve been quite ill, and had a new baby – so blogging hasn’t been my top priority. Hopefully I’ll manage some slightly more regular posts now. Anyway, on with the post… I recently needed to delete some attribute columns from a […]

Resources for learning Python for Remote Sensing – or switching from IDL

I’m supervising an MSc student for her thesis this summer, and the work she’s doing with me is going to involve a fair amount of programming, in the context of remote sensing & GIS processing. She’s got experience programming in IDL from a programming course during the taught part of her Masters, but has no […]

Software choices in remote sensing

I recently read the article Don’t be a technical masochist on John D. Cook’s blog, and it struck a chord with me about the way that I see people choosing software and programming tools in my field. John states “Sometimes tech choices are that easy: if something is too hard, stop doing it. A great […]