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TIGER Research Call for proposals "Water for Agriculture"
ESA is pleased to announce a new TIGER call for proposals aimed at selecting up to 10 new research projects, carried out by an African and an European scientist in full partnership, i.e. the funding aims to strengthen partner cooperation on a shared research topic.
The research shall focus on the exploitation of the capabilities of existing/past satellite missions (e.g. Sentinel-1 and 2, SMOS, Proba-V, ERS, ENVISAT) to achieve innovative scientific results and to demonstrate applications and services related to agricultural water resource management. Proposals preparing for the exploitation of missions planned for the near future (e.g., Sentinel-3, SMAP) are also invited.
The following main research objectives have been defined for the present call “Water for Agriculture”:
- better understand and assess the status and changes in different components of the water cycle (e.g. evapotranspiration) in major African agricultural zones with EO data and evaluate how the effects of climate change and human interventions on sustainable agricultural productivity can be identified and monitored;
- develop EO-based data analysis methods for the design and management of regional and local water storage and run-off delaying measures (e.g. rainfall harvesting, reservoir design and management) relevant for agricultural water supply;
- develop prototype products, data services based on emerging EO capabilities (e.g. Sentinels) for supporting and complementing in situ water observation and monitoring systems (e.g. in agricultural water demand assessment, water use efficiency evaluation, irrigation monitoring).
Deadline for applications: 17th of December 2015
For more information about the Call and the Application Form, click HERE