Earth observation has the potential to bring about innovation in European agriculture, allowing improved efficiency and reducing the environmental impacts of intensive farming. In preparation for satellite-based services, European capabilities to retrieve of biophysical parameters from hyper spectral optical data are established, but cloud cover will hinder service provision in many regions. Multi frequency, polar metric SAR data have the potential to provide valuable crop information such as biomass, which could provide substitute and supplementary products. SAR and super spectral data will be co-acquired over two growing seasons in northern and southern Europe. Isotropy will advance SAR retrieval techniques to a stage where SAR and optical products can be brought together within integrated services based on planned satellite missions.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
28760 Tres Cantos
78146 Velizy Villacoublay
HR8 2LJ Ledbury Hereforshire