This is the fourth edition of the SnapEarth newsletter. In this newsletter, we will keep you posted on the further progress of our project. As the project is coming to an end, we will familiarize you with the updated versions of our services. We will also inform you about the events that we are planning that will introduce you to the services and their advantages in detail.
|In this issue|
|Status of the Project|
The SnapEarth project is slowly coming to an end. At the end of November 2022, the consortium plans to complete works related to the project. After more than 2.5 years of activity, the partners organized over 15 events in total for user engagement, and for requirements and feedback collection, where over 400 requirements were collected, leading to the creation of the final versions of the SnapEarth services.
|Services in the SnapEarth Project|
The EarthSignature platform is the centerpiece of the SnapEarth project. It produces the data that the pilots of the SnapEarth project will use. The goal of EarthSignature is to periodically download new products from various data providers, perform precise land cover classification and make the classification results available through a gRPC API.
EarthSelf is a Cloud-agnostic management platform optimised for Earth Observation (EO) treatment. It is dedicated to anyone who would like to use EO data to develop and/or exploit a new service. Its targets could be identified as Value-Added Service developers (VAS developers).
Satellite imagery is images collected by satellites all around the world. They have many applications in various domains like agriculture, climate monitoring, food security, the media industry. While these images are valuable sources of information, they remain challenging for the non-expert to access.
The main objective of the SnapEarth project is to facilitate the use of EO data by professionals, in a manner that information with added value be extracted from the EO images. These professionals might not be able to find, process and extract knowledge from satellite images, so the need of a system that facilitates the aforementioned process is of great value. Moreover, the scope of the project is to develop general public awareness in EO data. Following this, and in order to enhance the impact of the project, a dedicated platform for combinatorial EO data retrieval, data correlation between EO and news information, named EarthPress, has been developed.
Climate monitoring is a fundamental part of governments and policy makers who need to understand its evolution and impacts in order to define and implement an appropriate adaptation and mitigation policy, including long-term investments.
The increasing scarcity in water resources, either due to climate conditions or agricultural practices, puts in danger food security in numerous countries. EarthFoodSecurity pilot addresses drought at its very earlier stages and it is thus based on soil moisture, as soil moisture is a key indicator for soil water availability. EarthFoodSecurity service (Figure 7) includes historical and current data in the area of interest, and a forecast report to predict future changes in the area of interest.
EO satellites are widely used in the agriculture field. Sentinel-2 (S2) satellite constellation and its MultiSpectral Instrument (MSI) along with the Sentinel 1 (SAR) were designed in the framework of the European Copernicus program for land surface and agriculture monitoring. Several applications and services are concerned, such as crop monitoring, surface and land cover control, irrigation, fertilizer crop management, or even to monitor grass production throughout the growing season.
|Past and upcoming international Events|
1. International Development Workshop #1
The International Development Workshop took place on January 25, 2022. Due to the international situation related to COVID, the consortium decided to organize the workshops virtually on the Teams platform.
The event was to present the results achieved in the project so far and to collect feedback from the participants. The International Development Workshop aimed to extend the project's activities to areas outside the European Union. The main difference between the International Development Workshop and the Pilot Workshop is that participants from outside the European Union were invited. The main focus were areas such as Asia, Africa, South America and North America. As user requirements for the SnapEarth project pilots and services had already been collected at an earlier stage, this workshop gathered feedback on participants' satisfaction with the proposed solutions and their satisfaction with the next steps. The subject of the workshop was focused mainly on showing the possibilities offered by the SnapEarth platform and components such as EarthSignature, EarthSearch and EarthSelf.
In addition, 4 pilots were presented that enrich the project with dedicated services for specific topics (EarthPress, EarthClimate, EarthFoodSecurity and EarthAgriculture).
The International Development Workshop was the first of two planned events of this type. The organization of the second edition is planned for September 2022.
2. International Development Hackathon & Workshop
We want to further promote our project among all interested parties, therefore on 20 September 2022 we invite everyone to the International Development Hackathon & Workshop, where we will present the possibilities of our solutions. At the event, we want to present our final solutions for services and pilots to all interested parties, where each partner will have the opportunity to present their work in the project and their results. During the Hackathon, we also provide a part in which participants will be able to comment on their needs and suggestions on how to use SnapEarth solutions.
For agenda and more information, visit the event's website: https://snapearth.eu/idwh2.
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