Copernicus Land Monitoring Services: REDDCopernicus Project
Expo World Congress
19-21 November 2019
GAF AG joined the Smart City Expo World Congress from the 19th until the 21th of November 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. The Expo was a global event with around 24 000 visitors from 146 countries. This mega event was dedicated to create a better future for cities and their citizens worldwide by promoting social innovation, establishing partnerships and identifying business opportunities.
GAF AG was not only presenting the GAF Multi-Stereo Elevation Suite and its 3D visualisation in the GAFmap ® software as a part of the Bavarian Delegation, but was also representing the ESA EO4SD-Urban project at the ESA booth.
GAF AG has successfully completed a pilot project for the monitoring of agricultural parcels for the Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry (StMELF), as part of CAP2020.
The Company has developed and validated an automatic monitoring approach for agricultural parcels using satellite data. This aims to ease the burden of on-the-spot-checks for agricultural administrations. Twelve different monitoring scenarios were automatically evaluated, using high resolution open access earth observation data collected by the Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 satellite constellation. The potential of very high resolution PLANETSCOPE data for overcoming constraints in monitoring smaller parcels was also investigated in this project.
In the context of the Project “Consultancy Service for Design, Development and Implementation of a National lntegrated Water Resources Management Information System” a workshop was performed by GAF. The workshop included training on integrated water resource management, planning and system development as well as on data processing and use of EO products and services and 3- D visualisation.
The Project is funded by World Bank and is managed by the consortium of GAF AG, as lead and AHT GROUP AG.
GAF AG developed an internet browser based Land Cover Mapping Tool with support from the European Space Agency (ESA), which fully utilises the high temporal resolution of Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite data without the need of local data storage and processing.
A cloud computing backend enables users to remotely access and process large data volumes for their mapping task. The tool was successfully demonstrated during a 3 day workshop held in Malawi, which experiences the challenge of slow and unstable internet connection common in many developing countries. Together with staff members of the Department of Forestry (DoF), several sites in Malawi were mapped. The integration of multiple Sentinel-2 image acquisitions and the derivation of statistical measures thereof helped to overcome challenges in mapping tropical dry forest.
In the framework of the “Mineral Sector Support for Economic Diversification Project” financed by World Bank a delegation from the Nigerian Mining Cadastre Office visited GAF for two weeks. Main objective was to become familiar with the latest developments in digital mining cadastres eMC+ as well as in the application of remote sensing and geo-information technologies for mining governance.
The study trip included a visit to the Bavarian Mining Authority and to a salt mine in the Bavarian Alps.
Together with European Space Imaging, Planet, Runder Tisch GIS e.V, T-Systems and our new partner Joanneum Research, we will provide a central point of contact for cross-system information about satellite data, geo-information and associated services.
If you would like to book a specific time for a personal discussion with us, you are welcome to make an appointment in advance. Please contact marketinggaf [dot] de.
Frascati, here we come!
GAF AG, e-geos and Telespazio will be present at the Phi-Week 2019 in Frascati, Italy from 9-13 September 2019.
Our E-Poster session is Wednesday, September 11th from 6:05 - 7:30 in the Big Hall - Building 14, about A Front Office Application Supporting Developing Countries in Cloud-Based Land Cover Monitoring for REDD+.
We look forward to seeing you!
Rural livelihoods in the savannah ecosystem of northern Ghana are facing increasing consequences of climate change and environmental degradation. Adaptation and mitigation to climate change have become a necessity.
GAF assists in producing maps, where current community land-use, natural resource reserves and individual resource holdings are visualised, and in deriving development plans, where future land-use and enterprise expansion can be understood. Focus is the implementation of a digital mapping unit in the Ministry of Forest and Agriculture Office in Wa, Upper West Region, Ghana. The technical assistance comprises training, design of mapping methodologies and support to digital map production.