Remote sensing to help grape growing

  • The European Space Agency have developed a new service, known as GrapeLook, to

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    help decide when and how much to irrigate vineyards.

  • The technology uses a combination of Earth observation data and field measurements via satellite link and remote sensing to monitor how much water is released from the plants,  how much biomass has grown and the efficiency of water use.
  • The system should improve grape yields and the quality of wine produced, whilst
    reducing water consumption.

Having tested the service with South African grape growers, the system shows great potential for expansion to other crops and areas. UK investment in such technologies (e.g. through subsidies) could reduce water shortages, improve efficiency, and improve yield.

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About Julia Chatterton

Systems modeller with a particular expertise in food, farming and agricultural systems. Working with life cycle assessment methods for over 4 years to assess and analyse the environmental burdens associated with food and other production systems.
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