Stimulating Innovation for Global Monitoring of Agriculture and its Impact on the Environment in support of GEOGLAM
The G20 launched in June 2011 the “Global Agricultural Geo-Monitoring” (GEOGLAM) and the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) initiatives. The main objective of GEOGLAM is to improve crop forecasts to increase transparency on agricultural production through the creation of an operational global agricultural monitoring “system of systems” based on earth observation and in situ data. SIGMA is part of Europe’s contribution to GEOGLAM.
- Posted on: 08.06.2016
- Project date: November 2013 - April 2017
- Acronym: SIGMA
- Coordinating institute: VITO (Flemish Institute for Technological Research)
SIGMA is actively networking expert organizations world-wide, in a common effort to enhance current remote sensing based agricultural monitoring techniques. Its aim is to develop innovative methods and indicators to monitor and assess progress towards “sustainable agriculture”, focussed on the assessment of longer term impact of agricultural dynamics on the environment and vice versa.
As such, SIGMA has three main objectives:
- Identify, map and assess agriculture and crop land changes, globally, regionally and locally
- Identify, map and assess changes in agricultural production levels and shifts in cultivation practises
- Identify, map and analyze environmental impacts of Agriculture and cultivation practices