Why Australia

Several strong points make Australia the ideal place for innovative Earth Observation (EO) technologies in the agricultural sector:

  • Copernicus and EO-based services can better support sustainable use of strategic resources and farm management decisions, in tandem informing policy implementation,
  • the advanced level of adoption of new technology (sensors, computers, electronic controllers) by farmers and, agriculture in general, Australia has a highly skilled and innovative farming community
  • the urgent need to match agricultural productivity with environmental concerns
  • the leading position of Australia in EO research and technology and the interest of EO-based business sector in Europe to find synergies within the Australian market.

Murray-Darling Basin which is Australia’s largest river system


COALA provides irrigation and nutrient requirements from farm to district scale


By using Earth observations from ESA Sentinel 2 Satellite and Data and Information Access Service (DIAS) infrastructure


Exploiting synergies among European and Australian Research institution and SMEs

Project's Goals

More then 50

Stakeholders involvement

Up to 6

Service platform components to develop


Pilot cases deployment


Sustainable business

Overall Objective

COALA aims to demonstrate that Copernicus data and new Data and Information Access Service (DIAS) infrastructure can better inform management decisions on irrigation and nutrient at all decision levels. The above-mentioned overall objective will be achieved through the following specific objectives:

Expected results

Deploy on Data and Information Access Service (DIAS) environment that provide a continuous flow of EO-assisted information in the pilot use cases.

Pre-operational services established that provide a continuous flow of EO-assisted services for different users

Create the new product identity, build the brand, design the strategy and develop the marketing and policy activities that will introduce COALA solutions to its targeted customers