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ERMES: An Earth obseRvation Model based RicE information Service

Objective

ERMES (An Earth obseRvation Model based RicE information Service) aims to develop a prototype of downstream service dedicated to rice sector based on assimilation of EO and in situ data within crop yield modelling.
The objective of this service, targeted to European needs, is to:
a) contribute to the regional authorities in the implementation of agro-environmental policies;
b) support farming activities for sustainable management practices;
c) provide independent reliable information to the agro-business sector.
The long term goal is to extend and adapt the service to Asian and African markets, in order to boost European competitiveness and contribute to a sustainable development.
On the base of previous experience of the consortium partners in rice mapping and monitoring with SAR/optical data, biophysical parameters retrieval, rice growth and development modelling and meteo variables estimation, two services are foreseen:
Regional Rice Service (RRS) to provide to public authorities a customized agro-monitoring system devoted to regional yield estimates and risk alarming. Digital maps and bulletin will be disseminated via web through INSPIRE compliant geo-portal;
Local Rice Service (LRS) to provide to the private sector (farmers and agro-services and insurance companies) high level information on yield variability, risk alert and crop damage assessment at farm scale. Advanced smart technologies will be used to receive in-situ observations from the user, to be ingested in crop model, and to disseminate customised information to them.
The maturity of GMES/Copernicus core products and the advent of Sentinel data represent the right framework to develop specific EO based added value products for agriculture sector. In particular the complementary information of Sentinel SAR and Optical data at high resolution will provide a new opportunity to guarantee operational customised information on crop status making regional agro-monitoring feasible and local agro-consulting possible.

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2013-1
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Coordinator

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 614 023,11
Administrative Contact
Anna Rampini (Dr)

Participants (6)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 351 514,74
Address
Via Festa Del Perdono 7
20122 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Elena Arioni (Mrs)
SARMAP SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 443 872,75
Address
Cascine Di Barico 10
6989 Purasca
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Francesco Holecz (Dr)
UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 367 678,40
Address
Avenida Blasco Ibanez 13
46010 Valencia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Angeles Sanchis Polo (Mrs)
UNIVERSITAT JAUME I DE CASTELLON
Spain
EU contribution
€ 244 680
Address
Avenida Vicent Sos Baynat S/n
12006 Castellon De La Plana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ismael Rodrigo-Martinez
ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 314 462
Address
Kedea Building, Tritis Septemvriou, Aristotle Univ Campus
54636 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Georgia Petridou (Ms)
ELLINIKOS GEORGIKOS ORGANISMOS - DIMITRA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 141 352
Address
Kourtidou 56-58
11145 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dimitrios Katsantonis (Dr)