9th Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing

Deadline soon! Register now for the 9th Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing: Agriculture until 30 June 2019

The European Space Agency (ESA) is organising an Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing with the focus on Agriculture. This course is dedicated to training the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists and experts from agriculture and food security related agencies to exploit data from EO missions (e.g. the Copernicus Sentinels) for science and applications development in the domain of agriculture.

The course is part of ESA’s EO Science for Society – Scientific Exploitation element of EOEP-5 (the fifth cycle of ESA’s Earth Observation Envelope Programme).

Scheduled maintenance

The @FoodSecurityTEP will undergo a scheduled maintenance today (02/05/2019) from 11:00 to 18:00 CEST. This is necessary to update a number of #backend features. Running #services will be restarted automatically after the maintenance period. Please excuse the inconvenience!

Update of the CREODIAS satellite data catalogue

Due to an update of the CREODIAS Sentinel catalogue, users may experience delays or unsuccessful processing jobs. Temporary outages may occur unitl 24/04/2019 14:00 CEST. Upgrade of the Sentinel catalogue will be going on until 25/04/2019. After that, the satellite data catalogue shall be complete again and updated to contain all data sets provided by Copernicus.

Unexpected maintenance is over

Update: System back to normal state on 30/01/2019 at 10:47 CET Due to an unexpected issue on the provider side, we are performing an unplanned maintenance of the Food Security platform. We will inform you as soon as the Food Security TEP is back to normal state.

Aquaculture experts in Food Security TEP team publish “Guidance on spatial technologies for disaster risk management in aquaculture"


FS-TEP team collaborated with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to publish a spatial technologies guide that provides concepts and technical information on relevant technologies available to decision-makers, managers and technical personnel involved in disaster risk management (DRM) for aquaculture. 

The Guide addresses the use of spatial technologies that support those working to reduce disaster risks and respond to emergencies in the aquaculture sector. It describes the principles for using spatial technologies in DRM and will therefore remain relevant, even in the context of rapid technological innovation and the advancement of these technologies.

Tackling drought issues for food security

"This summer’s drought is a harsh reminder of how unusual weather can cause havoc for farmers – even in a rich part of the world like Western Europe. While there is a wealth of satellite data available to help predict the risk of drought, it can be daunting for a non-expert to handle. ESA’s Food Security Thematic Exploitation Platform makes this task much easier."

Read more on what the Food Security TEP can do to support managing droughts in this article on the ESA website.


Finished - Unexpected Platform Maintenamce

Dear users, the platform maintenance has finished and the platform is available again since 14:00 CET. Many thanks for patience! ------- Dear Food Security TEP user, due to an unexpected maintenance issue on the platform, the platform itself will be unavailable today until 17:00 CET. Yet, our website will remain unaffected. Please excuse the inconvenience!

Supporting Sustainable Intensification of Farming

Farming shapes our landscapes and brings food to our tables. Global population is rising, but natural resources are limited. Hence, farming needs to stay within sustainable boundaries, so that there is no negative effect on the environment, that would ultimately decrease the resources available to us. So finding this balance – intensification of agriculture to achieve food security for the global population while at the same time staying sustainable, is the main challenge agriculture faces in this century. Read more on an example of how EO can help sustainable intensification here.