This project supports the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), currently undergoing a series of major reforms which require to adopt new remote monitoring mechanisms, like EO data from Copernicus, as a substitute for on-the-spot inspections, or the application of EO data to enable “payment for performance” instead of “payment for compliance”. In this context, the EO4AGRI project raised to improve the European capacity on operational agriculture monitoring, from local to global levels, using information derived from satellite observation and associated geospatial and socio-economic information services.
In two years, EO4AGRI enlarged and further systematized the identified gaps related to the utilisation of EO in agriculture, related public services and needs of the financial sector. The consortium in charge of the project worked closely with four strategic sectors (agro-industry; public sector; finance and insurance industry; food security) to develop a series of tools that will help them during this transition.
These tools include a whitepaper, a strategic research agenda, a policy roadmap and a collaboration framework, which contain recommendations on how to enable the implementation of CAP reforms based on next-generation Copernicus data and ensure that the various related future European research programs (such as Horizon Europe or Life+) or transversal initiatives (such as the New Green Deal, Open Data, Digital Twin Earth) will meet the requirements of the sector in the years to come.
As key coordinator of this project, Atos brought its extensive knowledge of the use of the current geographical information standards , linked in many cases with the European Policy initiatives in this field (such as INSPIRE), and a wide technical and thematic expertise in the agriculture and environmental domains, including the integration of in-situ and EO observations from environmental sensors, or of geographical independent decision support and alerting systems.
According to Miguel Ángel Esbrí, Project Manager at Atos and Coordinator of the EO4AGRI EU project: “The work carried out during the project has allowed us to better understand the current gaps and needs of the different stakeholders involved the whole Copernicus data value chain. The analysis, recommendations and conclusions provided by the project will support the preparation of the future European capacity for improving agriculture monitoring”.
Additionally, Atos has integrated the capabilities of the Copernicus DIAS (Data and Information Access Services) Platform “MUNDI” developed by its French branch in order to contribute to the needs assessment for an end-to-end operational system. The objective of this platform is to relay the Sentinel data to a large user community and to propose a set of basic tools to facilitate the exploitation of this data.
The EO4AGRI project has been coordinated by Atos and gathered 11 partners from across Europe and covering a diverse range of organizations (large companies, SMEs, research centers and national payment agencies). EO4AGRI is part of Horizon 2020, the European Union Research and Innovation program.
Read more information about the project and its results at www.eo4agri.eu.
To read Atos’ blog post dedicated to earth observation from the sky: https://atos.net/en/blog/a-brief-history-of-earth-observation
[DL1]Could you pls clarify?
[RN2]ARI has a extensive knowledge on GIS standards. GIS standards are recommended practices to facilitate developing, sharing and using GIS data, GIS software and GIS services.etc. Geospatial standards concern the use of any geographic information.