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Dr. John Connolly
Kinsella Assistant Professor, Geography

Biography

Dr. John Connolly is The Kinsella Assistant Professor in Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing and leads the Trinity Geospatial Research Group. He joined Trinity College Dublin in September 2020. He teaches GIS and remote sensing at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. John's research uses GIS and Earth Observation to study the terrestrial environment including land use change; landscape carbon dynamics; solar mapping and habitat assessment using EO. He has produced more than 30 journal articles, reports and policy statements including articles in leading international peer-review journals such as: Earth Science Reviews; International Journal of Remote Sensing and Biogeosciences.

John is currently the Principal Investigator for the EPA funded iHabiMap project (2019 - 2023). He is a CO-PI on several projects including the EPA funded SmartBog project(2019-2023); the DAFM funded GENENET project (2020-2022) and the SFI funded Enable SolarMap Project (2020-2021). He is also an international collaborator on the Boston University led GLanCE Project(2019-2024). He has co-ordinated several national and international research proposals including FP7, H2020, EPA, DAFM and a Google Earth Engine Research Award. John Collaborates widely and has active collaborations with colleagues in Ireland, Germany, UK, Sweden, USA, Canada and Brazil.

He currently co-supervises three PhD students (two at Trinity and one in Greifswald University) and co-supervises a Post Doctoral Researcher (DCU Insight centre).

He is interested in supervising PhD students, and working with Post Doctoral researchers interested in applied GIS and Earth Observation (Google Earth Engine etc.) under the following themes

· Global Land use and land use change using EO

· Landscape carbon dynamics (Net Ecosystem Exchange)

· Mapping peatlands and peatland degradation

· Mapping peatlands and peatland degradation

· Mapping the historical extent of peatlands and loss of carbon

· Mapping Ecosystem Services in the natural environment

· EO for renewable energy (i.e. Solar Mapping, Marine Survey)

· Permafrost degradation and net ecosystem exchange in the Arctic

Prior to joining Trinity College Dublin, John held positions at Dublin City University, Lund University, University College Cork and University College Dublin

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Budiman Minasny, Örjan Berglund, John Connolly, Carolyn Hedley, Folkert de Vries, Alessandro Gimona, Bas Kempen, Darren Kidd, Harry Lilja, Brendan Malone, Alex McBratney, Pierre Roudier, Sharon O'Rourke, José Padarian, Laura Poggio, Alexandre ten Caten, Daniel Thompson, Clint Tuve, Wirastuti Widyatmant , Digital Mapping of Peatlands, Earth Science Reviews, 196, 2019 Journal Article, 2019 URL

Connolly, J. , Mapping Land use on Irish peatlands using medium resolution satellite imagery, Irish Geography, 51, (2), 2018 Journal Article, 2018 URL TARA - Full Text

Connolly, J. and Holden, N. M. , Detecting drains on a blanket bog using object based image analysis and very high resolution satellite imagery, Carbon Balance and Management, 12, (7), 2017 Journal Article, 2017

Tanneberger, F., Tegetmeyer, C., Busse, S., Barthelmes, A. and 55 others , The peatland map of Europe., Mires and Peat, 19, (22), 2017, p1 - 17 Journal Article, 2017 URL

O' Connell. J, Connolly. J and Holden. N. , A monitoring protocol for vegetation change on Irish peatlands and heaths, Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 31, 2014, p130 - 142 Journal Article, 2014

Connolly J., Holden N.M., Classification of peatland disturbance, Land Degradation and Development, 24, (6), 2013, p548 - 555, p548-555 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

O'Connell J., Connolly J., Vermote E.F., Holden N.M., Radiometric normalization for change detection in peatlands: A modified temporal invariant cluster approach, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 34, (8), 2013, p2905 - 2924, p2905-2924 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Finnan, J.M., Styles, D.F., Fitzgerald, J., Connolly, J. and Donnelly, A. , Using a strategic environmental assessment framework to quantify the environmental impact of energy plans., Global Change Biology Bioenergy, 2011 Journal Article, 2011

Connell J.O., Connolly J., Holden N.M., A multispectral multiplatform based change detection tool for vegetation disturbance on Irish peatlands, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, 8174, 2011 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

Connolly J., Holden N.M., Object oriented classification of disturbance on raised bogs in the Irish Midlands using medium- and high-resolution satellite imagery, Irish Geography, 44, (1), 2011, p111 - 135, p111-135 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

Connolly J., Holden N.M., Mapping peatland disturbance in Ireland: An object oriented approach, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, 8174, 2011 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

Holden N.M., Connolly J., Estimating the carbon stock of a blanket peat region using a peat depth inference model, Catena, 86, (2), 2011, p75 - 85, p75-85 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

Connolly J., Holden N.M., Connolly J., Seaquist J.W., Ward S.M., Detecting recent disturbance on montane blanket bogs in the wicklow mountains, Ireland using the MODIS enhanced vegetation index, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 32, (9), 2011, p2377 - 2393, p2377-2393 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

Connolly J., Roulet N.T., Seaquist J.W., Holden N.M., Lafleur P.M., Humphreys E.R., Heumann B.W., Ward S.M., Using MODIS derived fPAR with ground based flux tower measurements to derive the light use efficiency for two Canadian peatlands, Biogeosciences, 6, (2), 2009, p225 - 234, p225-234 Journal Article, 2009 DOI

Connolly J., Holden N.M., Mapping peat soils in Ireland: Updating the derived Irish peat map, Irish Geography, 42, (3), 2009, p343 - 352, p343-352 Journal Article, 2009 DOI

Connolly J., Holden N.M., Ward S.M., Mapping peatlands in Ireland using a rule-based methodology and digital data, Soil Science Society of America Journal, 71, (2), 2007, p492 - 499, p492-499 Journal Article, 2007 DOI

Research Expertise

Projects

  • Title
    • Habitat Mapping, Monitoring and Assessment using High-Resolution Imagery
  • Funding Agency
    • EPA
  • Date From
    • 2019
  • Date To
    • 2023
  • Title
    • Smart observation of management impacts on peatlands function (SmartBog)
  • Funding Agency
    • EPA
  • Date From
    • 2019
  • Date To
    • 2024
  • Title
    • SolarMap
  • Funding Agency
    • SFI
  • Date From
    • 2020
  • Date To
    • 2021
  • Title
    • GENENET
  • Funding Agency
    • DAFM
  • Date From
    • 2020
  • Date To
    • 2022
  • Title
    • Pan-Arctic Net Ecosystem Exchange
  • Funding Agency
    • Google Earth Engine Research Award
  • Date From
    • 2015
  • Date To
    • 2016
  • Title
    • Mire Ecosystem Transition Area Flux (METAflux).
  • Funding Agency
    • FP7 People Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship
  • Title
    • Remote sensing of grasslands for evaluating compliance with key environmental legislation.
  • Funding Agency
    • EPA
  • Date From
    • 2009
  • Date To
    • 20012
  • Title
    • Identification, mapping, assessment and quantification of the effects disturbance on the peat soil C stock in Ireland
  • Funding Agency
    • EPA
  • Date From
    • 2008
  • Date To
    • 2011
  • Title
    • Assessing & monitoring vegetation disturbance on Irish peatlands using satellite imagery
  • Funding Agency
    • EPA
  • Date From
    • 2007
  • Date To
    • 2010