ENVISION is networking with other projects related to the Earth Observation with the aim of how their solutions could contribute to ENVISION and how complementary these products are to ENVISION.
NIVA aims to modernise IACS by making efficient use of digital solutions and e-tools, by creating reliable methodologies and harmonised data sets for monitoring agricultural performance while reducing administrative burden for farmers, paying agencies and other stakeholders. his overall objective is made operational in the specific objectives and demonstrated in 9 use Cases (pilots) 1. Integrate and reuse IACS evolutions based on open standards and common services 2. Build on farmers’ acceptance of the Smart Monitoring methodology 3. Reduce the gap between current use and potential broader use of IACS data 4. Create a permanent exchange platform for discussion and exchange
e-shape is a unique initiative that brings together decades of public investment in Earth Observation and in cloud capabilities into services for the decision-makers, the citizens, the industry and the researchers. It allows Europe to position itself as global force in Earth observation through leveraging Copernicus, making use of existing European capacities and improving user uptake of the data from GEO assets. EuroGEO, as Europe's contribution to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), aims at bringing together Earth Observation resources in Europe. 37 pilot applications under 7 thematic areas address societal challenges, foster entrepreneurship and support sustainable development, in alignment to the three main priorities of GEO (SDGs, Paris Agreement and Sendaï Framework).
The provision of Earth observation-based monitoring solutions, through Data as a Service and visualization by widget-based Apps, enables Paying Agencies to get fast access to reliable information required for right-adjusted, customized monitoring, expert judgements and policy reporting obligations. Marketplace mechanisms and transparent service subscription plans are offered for solid procurements from commercial suppliers of CAP monitoring products and services.
The EU-funded DIONE project offers a unique fusion of innovative technologies that improves the workflow of agricultural monitoring. DIONE project is developing a direct payment controlling toolbox for paying agencies to abide by the modernised CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) regulations, involving novel techniques that will improve the capabilities of satellite technology while integrating various data sources (drones, soil sensors and mobile applications). At the same time a system developed on a regional or national scale will evaluate the monitored parameters to form evidence-based conclusions regarding eventual environmental impacts on an entire region.
BEACON is a commercial service package that enables insurance companies to exploit the untapped market potential of Agricultural Insurance, taking advantage of innovations in Earth Observation, weather intelligence and ICT / blockchain technology. BEACON enables insurance companies to alleviate the effect of weather uncertainty when estimating risk for Agricultural Insurance products, reduce the number of on-site visits for claim verification, reduce operational and administrative costs for monitoring of insured indexes and contract handling, and design more accurate and personalized contracts.
SAFERS aims to support societies becoming more resilient when acting against forests fires. The project is currently developing a platform which will be open and integrating several intelligent services to act as a forest fire Decision Support System. The platform will use information from different sources such as: Earth Observation from Copernicus and GEOSS, fire sensors in forests, topographic data, weather forecasts and even crowdsourced data from social media and other apps that can be used by citizens and first responders to provide situational in-field information.
VITIGEOSS project aims at integrating an ecosystem of services that will be able to offer a range of features including forecasts, predictive models, advanced visualization, in a decision support system, able to support the winegrowers in the vineyard management process. The main scope of VITIGEOSS is to deploy a platform able to create, manage and disseminate Earth Observation data and services, relevant for the wine industry, to optimize sustainable vine cultivation via decision support systems (DSS) on phenology, irrigation, fertilizer, disease, and business operation management. The platform will be validated in 3 demo sites in Spain, Portugal, and Italy.
EuropaBON designe a European Biodiversity Observation Network. To do this, EuropaBON will consult with- and engage stakeholders in all stages of the project and use state of the art models to produce Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) and Essential Ecosystem Service Variables (EESVs) developed by the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON). More specifically, EuropaBON will assess current monitoring efforts to identify gaps, data and workflow bottlenecks, and analyse cost-effectiveness of different monitoring schemes. The results of this assessment will be used to inform the design of improved monitoring schemes able to integrate in-situ and remote sensing data through models, and using novel technologies, to deliver more complete and less biased biodiversity information with multiple benefits to users and society. A set of showcases will demonstrate how the EBVs and EESVs provide timely and relevant data for EU member states and regions, including policy-relevant indicators to assess progress in biodiversity targets, short-term biodiversity and ecosystem services forecasts, and scenarios that support IPBES and other assessments. Finally, EuropaBON will also investigate the the feasibility of setting up a centre to coordinate monitoring activities across Europe.
As Europe’s Forum for Innovation and Research in Earth Observation, FIRE aims to build a strong community and a well-defined, recurrent process that will help to capture the “now” and to shape the “tomorrow” of the European EO sector. To achieve this overarching objective, FIRE will nurture coordinated exchanges between research and innovation actors, including policymakers, technologists, businesspeople and researchers, towards designing a long-term Research and Innovation Strategy that will guide the development, delivery and uptake of EO services in Europe. This exercise will construct a thorough picture of the current-state-of play and the emerging trends in six selected sectors: Agriculture, urban planning, infrastructure, wind energy, raw materials and marine.
The Sentinels for Common Agricultural Policy - Sen4CAP project aims at providing to the European and national stakeholders of the CAP validated algorithms, products, workflows and best practices for agriculture monitoring relevant for the management of the CAP. The project pays particular attention to provide evidence how Sentinel derived information can support the modernization and simplification of the CAP in the post 2020 timeframe. The project has developed an open-source system able to automatically ingest and process Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 and Landsat 8 time series in a seamless way to derive and store in a database a large dataset of metrics and crop markers along the season for each parcel. The usefulness and performance of these markers have been demonstrated by deriving four products: (i) crop type maps, (ii) grassland mowing detection products, (iii) agricultural practices monitoring product focusing on the detection of harvests, catch crops, nitrogen-fixing crops and land-lying fallows and (iv) biophysical indicators. The open-source system is available on http://esa-sen4cap.org. Users can rely on a continuous support from the Sen4CAP team, thanks to a forum, regular webinars, newsletters and documentation available on the website. Sen4CAP has been setup by the European Space Agency in direct collaboration and on request from DG-Agri, DG-Grow and DG-JRC. It also involves seven Paying Agencies (Czech Republic, France, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Spain and Romania) acting as pilot countries.