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

8:30 

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

 

10:00 

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

 

 

Lunch

 

Afternoon session:  Requirements for the aquaculture service trial

 

13:45 

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

14:00 

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

14:20 

User Requirements gathering for aquaculture service trial

 

 

Technical requirements for aquaculture service trial

 

16:30 

End of meeting