Earth Observation

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Tell us what you want, what you really, really, want

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What does co-creation and consulting with our end-users tell us? Many people make products before actually checking out what the people who will use this product want or need. These products don’t necessarily serve the demands they were created for. They can also have user interfaces that don’t suit the customer’s needs. Consequently, they have…

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Australian farms hit by catastrophic floods

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Economic loss Australian farms are worth more money than ever before. The value of Australian agriculture in 2021-22 is expected to be $81 billion, says the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). But this good news may not be applicable for all farmers. Farmers in the northern part of New South…

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Sentinel-2 satellites map crop-water use over Aussie farms

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European Union’s Horizon 2020-funded international project, called COALA, produced a suite of crop growth, health and water use information. We compiled this information using high-resolution multispectral images collected from space by the Sentinel-2 satellites. The data we used was collected over irrigated cropping fields in the Goulburn Valley, Victoria during the 2020-2021 summer growing season….

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Earth Observation Road Map Part 2

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Our blog last week focused on the Australian Space Agency’s roadmap for Earth Observation (EO). We first discussed how Earth observation helps Australia’s economy (even in fields you wouldn’t expect). Then we talked about the priority areas that were identified by the Space Agency. This week we are summarising the five key areas that the…

The Australian Earth Observation from Space Roadmap

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What are the goals of the Australian Earth Observation from Space roadmap and how it can benefit from international collaborations like the COALA project? 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,…

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The effect of a global pandemic on an international project

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There are always challenges when working on a new project but throw in international partners and a global pandemic, and you would be right in thinking that such a project would be set up for failure. Fortunately, despite the challenges presented, the committed COALA project team has proved dynamic in their approach and propelled the…

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Regulating water use in woody crops with Remote Sensing

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How much should I irrigate? When should I irrigate? These are vital decisions that irrigators need to make daily.  Some use scheduling programs. Others manually read soil moisture sensors. Others make decisions based on water district schedules. And yet others rely on models that are supported by Earth Observation (EO) satellites. Remote sensing tools can…

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Satellites Detect Environmental Change

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Every year in August Australian National ‘Science Week’ takes place. During National Science Week hundreds of events take place around the country. These events help engage people with science and give scientists a chance to showcase their research. One of our goals in the COALA Project is to support and focus on legacy, which so…

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The COALA Business Model: creating a successful model

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A business model can be seen as a holistic framework through which any business is defined, understood, and designed. It allows you to map out how ongoing value for your customers can be created. The COALA business model The COALA Business model tries to comprehensively capture the characteristics of and relationships between fundamental “building blocks”….

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COALA addresses new challenges in precision irrigation

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The COALA project has been operational since January 2020. Our project uses information provided by satellites (the Sentinels) to help support Australian farmers in the Murray-Darling Basin. One of the ways that we support farmers is through precision irrigation. Precision irrigation is a farm management approach that involves using technology to make informed decisions. The…

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