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The COALA Project: Who, What, Where and Why

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The COALA project is developing Copernicus-based services for… supporting more sustainable use of water and nutrients in the advanced agricultural systems of Australia. sharing knowledge and expertise in the field of EO-based applications for agriculture with Australian institutions It will be a facilitator of new business experience between Europe and Australia The COALA project will…

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COALA Airborne Campaigns over Farmlands in Victoria

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COALA airborne campaigns act in developing agricultural decision support for Australian farmers COALA offers a range of information to support irrigation and fertilisation management decisions using Sentinel-2 satellite data. Australian farmers’ input costs include a significant amount of water and fertilisers. Their optimal use has critical implications to various ecosystems that are sensitively influenced by…

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Australia’s Food Bowl – The Murray-Darling Basin

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The Murray-Darling Basin (MBD) is a river system that covers 14% of the land in Australia. 70% of Australia’s agricultural water use comes from the MDB and it provides one third of Australia’s food supply. Which is how the basin earned its nickname Australia’s Food Bowl. The MDB extends across four states and one territory,…

Educational Resources

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COALA is currently working with educational providers such as the NSW Department of Education to develop educational resources about agriculture, remote sensing and earth observation. We will update this page regularly as more resources are developed.

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Water managers sharing experience is key to success.

  • ANBI Campania
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Role of ANBI Campania and its contribution to the COALA project, and the need for experienced water managers ANBI Campania (Italy) is one of the two European Water User Association partners in the COALA Project. ANBI transfers its experience as a European final user of satellite-based decision support systems.  This blog collects the thoughts of…

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Copernicus for water management and allocation

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Copernicus for water management: a story of success. Earth Observation data from Copernicus optimised irrigation management in drylands of South East Spain. How it all began During a severe drought in 1995-1996, the aquifers in the region of La Mancha Oriental reached a dangerous level. So low that the Central Government of Madrid threatened to…

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Helping to ‘Yield Prophet’ for Growers across Australia

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Exciting improvements are on the horizon for existing decision support tools in Australia. These improvements will further assist growers with on-farm decision making particularly around water and nutrient management, helping to ‘Yield Prophet for growers across Australia Grain growers across Australia – both dryland and irrigated – sometimes struggle with making informed decisions around how…

From big tape to big data: the Digital Farming Age

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Going from big tape to big data with satellites helped us enter the ‘Digital Farming Age’. And now the COALA project benefits from this heritage. The beginning of satellite images of Earth’s land surface The systematic acquisition of satellite images of land surface started in 1972 with the U.S. Landsat program. With this data-stream, it…

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A short history of satellites advancing humanity

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Learning about a short history of satellites enables us to see how far we’ve come in such a small time. 60 years ago we were racing to simply get to space. Now we have started exploring further than our solar system – like Voyager 2 which is currently in interstellar space. The first satellite Forty…

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Copernicus: an agricultural helper from space

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How does Copernicus, a program for satellites become an agricultural helper from space, and help us with agriculture here on Earth? In UNSW’s last blog ‘Copernicus: a Sentinel in space teaches us about land and the environment’ we talked about how satellites can help us learn more about processes on the ground, here we will…

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