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UK Research Innovation - UK-Australia EO4AgroClimate

Opportunity for

  • Australian R&D service providers, Research and Development Corporations (RDCs), solution providers with satellite remote sensing data, technologies and modelling capabilities that could address climate change related problems

Opportunity description

Industry challenge:

Agricultural science and technology is being increasingly driven by the global challenges of; rising populations, rapid development of emerging economies and global shortages of resources such as land, water and energy. These challenges are exacerbated by the impacts of climate change and the need to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture. Space based Earth Observation (“EO”) data and technology can be exploited to assist the agricultural sector to become climate resilient.

Current opportunity:

The UK's Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is looking for Australian R&D organisations including RDCs and tech companies interested to participate in a bilateral UK/Australia AgroClimate Space Programme (EO4AgroClimate).

EO4AgroClimate will use satellite remote sensing data, technology and modelling capabilities to enable farming in both countries to become climate resilient. The initiative will link to the UK Space Agencies UK-Australia Space Bridge and aims to bring together the best research expertise from public and private sector organisations both in the UK and in Australia, and to build capacity, research and knowledge through developing interdisciplinary research.

Opportunity background:

Themes of interest include:

  1. Livestock and rangeland management
  2. Interaction between Agricultural practices and air quality
  3. Soil carbon monitoring and management
  4. Monitoring and modelling crop performance and future viability
  5. Pests, diseases and invasive species in a changing climate
  6. The role of EO to assess vulnerability and risk from natural hazards
  7. Aquaculture, blue carbon and Coastal zone management.

Expertise in Earth Observation and climate modelling will be used to develop products to assess the impact that these farming practices have on the climate and the effect that climate change has on agriculture production. Tools will be developed that will provide evidence based knowledge on how to plan, plant and farm effectively to mitigate carbon impacts.

Funded activities can include (but are not limited to):

  1. Research: Using and developing satellite derived data products, modelling and assimilation to understand the agroclimate feedbacks for better decision making. Including:

    • Sensitivity analysis of key areas of uncertainty in agricultural emissions feedback models
    • Prototype efficient coupling mechanisms between EO data and agro met models (crop models, pest models, hydrology (risk) models)
    • Improving the characterisation of extreme events in reanalysis (and by extension, climate predictions) using EO data
    • Evaluate EO input to soil carbon modelling on land use and natural capital potential with new satellite sources
  2. Capacity building: Engage with public, private and governmental stakeholder organisations to facilitate understanding, knowledge and data exchange through virtual workshops and meetings

  3. Training and Education: Engage with farming organisations and other agricultural stakeholders to explore the intended and unintended consequences of current agricultural farm management practices (e.g. agricultural burning) and barriers to the adoption of solutions for more sustainable agriculture.

Opportunity type

Innovation challenge, Seeking solutions, Seeking partners

Readiness

Early (TRL 1-2)
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Opportunity led by

UK Research Innovation: Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

Helping build a globally competitive, knowledge-based UK economy UK Research Innovation are a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

  • Organisation type

    Industry body

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