Agriculture and Earth Observation


Modern agriculture relies ever more on the availability of accurate, diverse and continuous information from a variety of data and services. Earth Observation has a clear potential to help address these agricultural needs.

This workshop intends to explore the variety of data sources available and provide a common forum for institutional, scientific and commercial users. It will bring together satellite data and service providers, value adding companies and commercial, public and scientific users, thus closing the loop between user information needs and the evolution of applications based on current space borne data sets and future observation requirements. Furthermore this workshop will showcase the large potential of synergistically using satellite observations for agricultural applications and their benefit for society. The workshop will provide a discussion forum to share knowledge about the evolution of user needs and future data systems currently being elaborated. Finally, the workshop will provide an opportunity to build capacity in the agricultural user community.

The workshop is open to

  • Current and potential future operational users of Earth Observation data and information services,  including commercial users, value adding industry, meteorological and hydrological forecasting services, regional authorities for agricultural management, Copernicus Services etc.
  • Scientific and institutional users
  • Decision makers and funding agencies

The 2-day workshop will be organised in three main sessions, addressing

  • WHAT IS NEEDED, with presentations from commercial, public and scientific users
  • WHAT IS THERE, providing an overview of the variety of satellite and in-situ data sources available and information services and applications being built upon them
  • FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES, summarising current and future evolutions in satellite and in-situ data provision versus user needs

These sessions will be followed by discussion fora  to gather feedback on the proposed themes from the workshop attendees, being summarised in a position paper to be released after the workshop.

The event will take place at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Hague, the Netherlands.