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Information Service on Agricultural Change

Objective

Agricultural resources are in high demand to sustain the world’s growing population. In Europe, agriculture is regulated and monitored through the CAP and agricultural insurances are increasing in importance as an instrument for risk management. In the developing world droughts and other natural disasters impact vulnerable populations and lead to famines and starvation. The EC development policy and its emergency response mechanisms address these issues through actions that aim at reducing the occurrence and impacts. Agriculture and environment are both priorities for Europe’s GMES initiative.

Satellite images with a high temporal frequency (daily) but low spatial resolution (>250m) are frequently used for agricultural monitoring. However, since the early 2000, new high frequency, high resolution (<30m) wide swath sensors have become available.

The ISAC proposal intends to explore improvements of current Agricultural Services based upon such high frequency, high resolution data. It intends to expand the capabilities of LMCS and ERCS for what concerns the agro-environment.

ISAC proposes to develop and test feasibility of 3 services:
1. Core Mapping Service (CMS) on High Resolution Biophysical Parameters (ABP-CMS)
2. Core Information Service (CIS) on Drought stress (DS-CIS)
3. Core Information Service (CIS) on Agricultural change (AC-CIS)

Purpose of the ABP-CMS, in analogy to the BIOPAR-CMS of the LMCS, is to produce vegetation parameters (NDVI, fAPAR,…) with much greater spatial detail based on sensors like DMC.
Purpose of the DS-CIS is to build synergy between vegetation indicators of high and low spatial detail in order to enhance the current capabilities of satellite-based drought information systems.
Purpose of the AC-CIS is to analyse agricultural change taking global seasonal climate forecasts as well as satellite data into account.

ISAC services will be demonstrated and validated in East-Africa, Spain and Belgium.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/crisis management
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/physical geography/natural disaster
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2010-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.
Address
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol
Belgium
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 457 654,84
Administrative Contact
Isabelle Piccard (Ms.)

Participants (4)

DEIMOS IMAGING SLU
Spain
EU contribution
€ 349 919,97
Address
Pq Tecnologico De Boecillo Edificio Galileo Modulo 101 Bajo
47151 Boecillo Valladolid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alfredo Romo (Dr.)
INTERNATIONALES INSTITUT FUER ANGEWANDTE SYSTEMANALYSE
Austria
EU contribution
€ 219 748,13
Address
Schlossplatz 1
2361 Laxenburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Monica Manchanda (Ms.)
GEOSAS CONSULTING SERVICE PLC
Ethiopia
EU contribution
€ 146 417,76
Address
Kirkos Kifle Ketema 02 Mega/h/106
Addis Ababa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Teshome Erkineh (Mr.)
INFOTERRA LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 77 016,38
Address
Atlas House, 41 - Wembley Road
LE3 1UT Leicester
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nick Veck (Prof.)