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CWI in European research project precision farming

30 April 2014

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Increasingly, remote sensing data is made publicly available by organisations such as ESA and NASA. Based on these data, and in combination with other sources, new valuable applications can be created. In the European research project "Linked Open Earth Observation Data for Precision Farming" (LEO) researchers from the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica in Amsterdam and the University of Athens join their forces with industry partners to develop an application for precision farming. The new application is based on remote sensing and geospatial data.

With precision farming, advanced agriculture using GPS, satellite observations and tractors with on-board computers, the farming process is performed as accurately and efficiently as possible. This is achieved by combining data from Earth observations with other geospatial sources such as cadastral data, data on the quality of the soil, vegetation and protected areas. This enables the farmer to find the optimal trade-off in maximising his yield with minimal use of fertilisers and pesticides while respecting environmental protection.

The challenge of the project is to transfer different sources of information into a high-quality advice. Along with high-tech enterprises Space Applications Services, Vista and industrial partner PC-Agrar, software will be developed to support the use of Earth observation data linked with spatial data. In this process the different types and formats of data - from satellite images to relational tables - make the task highly complicated.

Source: Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica

Image credit: ESA/AOES Medialab - Artist's concept of SMOS