Funding source
European Commission – Horizon 2020

Duration
January 2020 to December 2022

Project URL
www.coalaproject.eu

Project information
Thematic keywords

  • Earth Observation Technology
  • Copernicus
  • Precision farming & smart agriculture
  • Copernicus satellite & DIAS
  • Water and nutrient management

Methodological keywords

  • Desk research, Interviews & surveys
  • Business modelling and planning
  • Co-creation activities & piloting
  • Innovation and IPR Management
  • Communication, dissemination & exploitation

Project narrative
The availability of Earth Observation-based (EO) applications has improved agricultural productivity by means of precision farming techniques. In recent years, the European industry of EO services for the agricultural sector has advanced rapidly, generating multiple new business opportunities.

COALA taps into these opportunities by promoting a commercial partnership between European and Australian research institutions and SMEs. Leveraging the European experience, Copernicus Earth Observation data will be applied to the Australian agricultural system to improve farm-level decision making and inform water policy implementation. The COALA services will be piloted and finally integrated in the local systems of the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia’s largest river system and food bowl.

As Innovation Manager, we supervise the elaboration of sustainable business models and a tailored business plan for the viable operation and market uptake of the project’s services. In addition to that, we are also responsible for the definition of the Innovation and IPR Management strategy.

Related publications
All key outputs can be found here: https:/coalaproject.eu/publications/