The aim of the communication materials is to publicise the COALA Project among potential users. This Deliverab...
This Deliverable is an update of the first version of the Communication and Dissemination Plan.
This Deliverable describes the pilot experiments of COALA Project. Participatory evaluation of the COALA servi...
The plenary meeting of COALA Project has been held on 23rd, 24th and 30 November 2020
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Round Table meetings, July 7-8-13, 2020
Late last year, the Australian Space Agency released its Earth Observation from Space roadmap for 2021-2030. This roadmap highlights that many sectors of the Australian economy and society, ranging from agriculture, disaster responses, to climate science and sustainability, are increasingly relying on Earth observation data and technologies (as shown in Figure 1), for developing effective solutions and responses.
In 2020 alone, the economic benefits that Earth Observation brought to Australia were estimated at around AUD 2.5 billion. The global Earth Observation market has been valued at approximately 2.7 trillion USD. And, that market is firmly grounded in Asia Pacific nations, representing about half of the global market. The financial benefits are enormous, and those benefits do not include a wider range of non-monetary co-benefits arising from Earth Observation. In the same way, satellites are helping us to better understand our planet’s behaviour (e.g., the latest submarine eruption of the Hunga Tonga–Hunga Haʻapai volcano in Tonga was a ‘first ever’ capture from space of an eruption, which helps scientists learn more about how lava and water interact) and to plan development sustainably.
Accordingly, Earth observation data even underpins the way we interact with and respond to our environments and the future building of infrastructure. Earth Observation data can give us pre- and post- pictures of phenomena occurring (e.g., natural disasters), helping in rescue and planning. Thus planning of future infrastructure benefits from Earth Observation data, allowing us to ask: what is there? Where?; how far is it from the planned infrastructure.
The Earth Observation from Space Roadmap identifies several civil space priority areas (shown below). For example, satellite data in these areas informs multi-sectoral research and development and decision making of government, industry, universities, other research institutions.
At present, those in Earth Observation in Australia use data that is captured by satellites that are not Australia-owned (such as the Sentinel satellites of the European Space Agency) to develop services and products of the above-mentioned categories.
There are many areas that are working to realise these priorities including areas that R&D projects like the COALA are tackling: data quality assurance, international EO partnerships. Other areas include: Australian EO missions and payloads, integrity monitoring, enhanced data management, international EO partnership and leadership, and access to global data and missions. We will explore each of these areas in next week’s follow up blog.
Many of the priority areas identified by the Space Agency overlap with COALA’s own goals. COALA is an international consortium of 11 partners who are using data from the European Copernicus programme. We ground-truth that data in the Australian context and make it accessible to farmers. We are using our experience to work with stakeholders on-farm, in industry and in government. And we are working to communicate the reliability of this Earth observation data to help support a sustainable future in Australian agriculture.