Google and FAO develop web-based tool to facilitate big data access

Screenshot of the Earth Map platform.

Google and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations have launched a new tool that provides access to multidimensional maps and statistics showing key climate and environmental trends. Earth Map draws on the processing power of Google Earth Engine and aims to help develop insights based on satellite and FAO’s agriculturally-relevant data alike.

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Fri, 18/09/2020 - 16:35

FAO and NASA launch Collect Earth Online tool to track landscapes, land-use, disasters

Screenshot of the Collect Earth Online tool.

A new tool developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) aims to allow users to “systematically inspect” any location on Earth – from glaciers to rainforests - with satellite data. Collect Earth Online (CEO), announced on 12 December 2018, is also expected to be utilized in disaster management.


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Mon, 17/12/2018 - 17:23

FAO report highlights use of remote sensing in assessing the impact of disasters on agriculture

FAO Report. Image: FAO

Climate-induced disasters have dramatically increased over the past three decades, with floods, droughts and tropical storms causing the most significant impact in the agricultural sector.

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Wed, 02/05/2018 - 10:49

UK Space Agency funds project delivering a pest risk information service to sub-Saharan Africa

Image courtesy of CABI

An armyworm pest has been afflicting southern and eastern Africa since the beginning of this year. It has been observed in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Namibia and Mozambique with Zimbabwe being the worst affected country so far. The moths of the armyworm are born survivors and they are able to migrate over huge distances. Experts predict that next affected countries will be Tanzania and Kenya.


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Wed, 15/03/2017 - 10:09

FAO to develop a database to support water-scarce countries

Satellite image of the water-scarce Sahara desert in Algeria (Image: ESA)

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will develop an open-access database using satellite information to support water-scarce countries in the Near East and North Africa, where droughts and food security are major issues. The portal’s objective is to gather and assess satellite data in order to enhance land and water productivity, and to foster the sustainability of agricultural systems. Its development will presumably begin in October 2015.


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Tue, 25/08/2015 - 16:09

FAO and Norway to help developing countries monitor their forest through Earth observation

Forest observed through satellite imagery (Image: NASA/GSFC)

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations has signed a partnership agreement with Norway in order to help developing countries assess their forest resources and changes.

Through access to Earth observation data sources and the development of an easy-to-use platform for processing and interpreting this data, the countries will be able to better monitor and report about their forest situation.


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Mon, 20/04/2015 - 08:41

FAO: Watching Agricultural Drought Worldwide - from Space

In the framework of the EU/FAO Improved Global Governance for Hunger Reduction Programme, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is developing the Agriculture Stress Index System (ASIS) to detect agricultural areas with a high likelihood of water stress (drought) at the global level. Based on Earth Observations, ASIS will support the vegetation monitoring activities of the FAO-Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS).


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Pakistan: First remote sensing lab for crops inaugurated

Satellite Image of Pakistan

On 20 May 2014, Pakistan’s Agriculture Secretary, Ahmed Bakhsh Narejo, inaugurated the country's first satellite remote sensing laboratory specifically dedicated to monitoring crops in the province Sindh.


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Wed, 28/05/2014 - 07:46

Referenced UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office: 

UN-SPIDER Newsletter 1/14: Space Technologies in the United Nations

Locust Outbreak in Northern Africa: UN-SPIDER facilitates support

UN-SPIDER is providing support to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in response to the widespread locust outbreak by facilitating access to various satellite imagery over the area. Through the UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office in Kenya (RCMRD) the US satellite EO-1 could already be tasked. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) also tasked Landsat7 acquisitions of the affected area over the next two months. Other options are also being reviewed.


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Fri, 13/04/2012 - 17:13


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