(22 March 2018)

On March 8, 2018 Hatfield Consultants led a workshop at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, Italy bringing together stakeholders to discuss the use of high-performance cloud-computing systems that use satellite Earth Observation (EO) datasets to support sustainable aquaculture development. The workshop, titled “Supporting Sustainable Aquaculture Production from Space”, brought together stakeholders from academia, the private sector, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the FAO.

This workshop was organized as part of the Food Security Platform project that is developing a cloud-computing system that offers satellite EO data as well as auxiliary data and tools to analyze data for food security. Aquaculture is a focus for the second phase of the project, commencing in March 2018. Three pilots will be conducted over the two phases (two in agriculture, one in aquaculture) to showcase the capabilities of the Platform.

The focus of the workshop was to share knowledge of how satellite EO and geospatial platforms can be used for aquaculture, and to documented requirements for the aquaculture service trial that are planned to take place in Tanzania using the Food Security Platform.

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Agenda and Presentations

Agenda and Presentations


Welcome by FAO



Overview of meeting objectives and outputs; Introductions (Hatfield)



Round-table Introductions (all)



ESA and a Food Security Platform (ESA)

Morning session: Overview of satellite EO and geospatial platforms for aquaculture



Key note on platform solutions for Food Security and Sustainable Aquaculture (Hatfield)


Demonstration of the pre-operational agriculture Food Security platform and the European Service Pilot (VISTA)


Coffee break



Demonstration of the SAFI platform (ACRI)


Demonstration of the BlueBRIDGE e-Infrastructure Project (FAO-FIAS)


Framework for afternoon session on requirements gathering





Afternoon session:  Requirements for the aquaculture service trial



Global and Regional Information Requirements for Aquaculture (FAO/Hatfield)


Presentation of activities and current usage of geospatial data (Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Dar es Salaam)


User Requirements gathering for aquaculture service trial



Technical requirements for aquaculture service trial



End of meeting