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Monitoring of SoIl moiSture and wateR-flooded Areas for agricuLture and Environment

Objective

The MISTRALE project proposes to address soils moisture management in agriculture as well as wetlands or flooded areas monitoring by using Global Navigation Satellite Systems reflected signals (GNSS-R) as a powerful technology for humidity or flooded mapping. The detection by GNSS-R is known to be much more reliable than visible/NIR imagery, and will be usable even under a cloud cover, during the night and even under vegetation (bushes, grass, trees) when passive remote sensing is not applicable.
The main objective is to demonstrate a service chain in different use cases : pilot projects will be carried out in soil humidity mapping for agriculture (optimizing the water resource management), wetlands and flooded areas (risk management, flood-prone areas, damages evaluation).
In order to meet the objectives, a GNSS-R receiver embedded into a small RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) will be developed and implemented into an operational chain to provide the service. GNSS-R technology aims at measuring the GNSS signals reflected on the ground, and, compared to the direct signals, permits a measurement of the soil humidity (from 0 to 100%) as well as flooded extend. The use of GALILEO signals will significantly improve the precision of mapping. The operational system will integrate three main axes of development: adapting the GNSS-R technology for the requirements, making a compact GNSS-R receiver and optimizing an existing RPAS.
Using EGNOS and GALILEO in the project will also improve navigation capabilities of small RPAS (<4Kg) and contribute to the development of regulations for their integration in airspace.
We assembled a consortium that addresses all aspects of the project : four SME specialized in GNSS receivers, GNSS-R technology, operational applications and dissemination, two labs for RPAS and GNSS-R technology. An advisory board composed of agronomy and environment specialists as well as end users will complete the skills of the consortium.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/hydrology
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/agronomy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/natural resource management/water management
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport/navigation systems/satellite navigation system/global navigation satellite system
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/sensors
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/remote sensing
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/crisis management

Call for proposal

H2020-Galileo-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

M3 SYSTEMS BELGIUM
Address
Chemin Du Stocquoy 1
1300 Wavre
Belgium
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 946 968,75

Participants (5)

ECOLE NATIONALE DE L AVIATION CIVILE
France
EU contribution
€ 611 916
Address
Avenue Edouard Belin 7
31400 Toulouse
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STARLAB LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 440 818,88
Address
Building R103 Room 1 11 Harwell Oxford
OX11 0QX Didcot
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 324 389
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
AEROVISION BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 136 395
Address
Stadsring 47
3811 HN Amersfoort
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
L'AVION JAUNE
France
EU contribution
€ 138 757
Address
1 Chemin Du Fescau
34980 Montferrier Sur Lez
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)