Geoscience Australia Wednesday Seminars
29 September 2021
Applications of Copernicus satellites to service low impact agriculture in Australia:
transferring and adapting European Earth Observation expertise
Professor Graciela Metternicht
The Copernicus programme brings a new perspective for EO-based services
that can contribute to shape a more profitable and sustainable agriculture.
Free availability of high spatial and temporal resolution multispectral data
from Sentinel-2 satellites has opened new opportunities for enhanced
sustainability of the agricultural sector through market development of
EO-based services. Two main challenges remain in travelling the last mile,
namely end users uptake of this technology and the efficient processing of
EO data. In this regard, with a consortium of 11 partners from Europe and
Australia we are implementing the COALA (Copernicus applications and
services for low impact agriculture in Australia), with a vision of having in
place — by the end of the 3 years project— a strategy for reducing barriers associated to the adoption of EO-based technology to optimize irrigation
and nutrient management, including concerted approaches for scaling up
from the farm to district/basin scale.
The COALA project partners are aware that a critical obstacle to up taking innovative fertilisation advisory services is the abundance of software platforms available to the final user. Users are overwhelmed with new dedicated platforms.
I will discuss these aspects in my presentation and also the concept of Data as a Service (DaaS) the project adopts, so that products developed can be immediately adopted by users (within their existing platforms) using various communication technologies and processing standards.
About the Speaker
Graciela Metternicht is a Professor of Environmental Geography at the Earth Science and Sustainability Research Centre of the University of New South Wales. She is an environmental geographer who works at the interface of science and policy for sustainable development.
Prior to joining UNSW, Professor Metternicht was Regional Coordinator of Early Warning and Assessment of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for Latin America and the Caribbean. Previous academic appointments include Head of Discipline and Professor of Geospatial Systems and Environmental Management at the School of Natural and Built Environments of the University of South Australia and Professor of Spatial Sciences at the Western Australian
School of Mines, Curtin University of Technology.
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