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).
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.
"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.
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.