Satellites to Improve Agri-Food Systems

This is a two year, collaborative R&D project which aims to develop applications of Sentinel, Earth observation (EO) derived information products for environmental compliance and productivity monitoring in agriculture. The team comprises Ecometrica, Environment Systems and Rothamsted Research. The project is funded by Innovate UK, the UK’s Innovation Agency, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the industry partners.

The focus of the research is the development of processing methods, calibration, validation and demonstration applications that can be scaled-up to run across large geographical areas on a continual basis. The data output is aimed at the specialist/expert users in national agencies and businesses focused on food production and food security markets.

Environment Systems is providing advanced automated Sentinel-1 data processing with a direct feed into Ecometrica’s award winning earth observation platform. Rothamstead Research is already using the data for ground testing and evaluation focused on soil moisture and crop productivity.

Work is also underway to introduce the Environment Systems Sentinel-2 processing chain, promising indices such as NDVI. The project runs until August 2018.