ABOUT THE PROJECT
For about 45 years various earth observation satellites are orbiting our Earth. These satellites provide important information about the condition and changes of our environment. In Germany agriculture is by far the largest user of land with approximately 52% of the total area of the country and about 285,000 farms. However, so far the latest information for agriculture from satellite images was mostly available for experts only, since the collection and analysis of data were costly and complicated.
The AGRO-DE project will create a data and analysis cluster, which allows farmers, agricultural consultants, contractors and service providers, to use preprocessed remote sensing information in a timely manner and to integrate them into their operations. The information will be provided in different formats (e.g., as a map or web map service), levels of information (e.g., as image data, information product, or as a dynamic modeling results) and billing models (free and pay).
With the AGRO-DE project all farmers in Germany can benefit for the first time from the latest satellite information. AGRO-DE will provide open access to usable information products, which will stimulate the application of precision farming technologies. These technologies should also appeal to small-scale farms and organic farms. In addition, information products from AGRO-DE can assist research institutions, federal and state agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in their work, as standardized information products for Germany become abailable.