DAY 1: WORKSHOP ON SOIL SPECTRAL DATA & WATER EXTREMES MANAGEMENT
16 November 2016, 12:00-18:00, Limassol, Cyprus
The workshop on Soil Spectral Data (SSD) and on Water Extremes Management (WEM) will establish a common agreement and understanding among the partners on the specific content, methodology and expected outputs of the T4.2 pilot “Improved Food Security – Water Extremes Management” in the context of WP4 “Pilots towards regional challenges”. Food security depends on many aspects such as water abundance and extremes (flooding and drought), vegetation stresses, yield monitoring, soil quality and sustainability. Guaranteeing food security requires:
1. the systematic mapping of soils and minerals which are beneficial for agricultural production;
2. the monitoring of mining waste sites for the prevention of acid mine drainage impacting the quality and quantity levels of food;
3. the systematic assessment of meteorological aspects and climatic forecasts;
4. the derivation of knowledge in the RoI for specific risks relating to floods and droughts.
Such actions will allow the soil and water resources to be preserved from further degradation, and the agro technical activities to be adapted accordingly to microclimatic conditions, securing the abundance of healthy crops and yield production yearly.
The session on WEM will focus on the contribution of the earth observation to the water extremes management (floods and droughts) in order to improve food security. It will include both the water extremes mapping and modelling using earth observation.
The session on SSD will serve as an introductory roadmap for the utilization of Soil Spectral Libraries (SSLs) as a tool for management of soil resources in the sector of food security. It will serve to its participants both the technical requirements of the methodology as well as the SSLs potential as a commercialized service for end users.
DAY 2: PROJECT CONSORTIUM WORKING SESSION ON THE ROADMAP AND ACTION PLAN FOR WP4 IN LIGHT OF WP3 OUTCOMES
17 November 2016, 09:30-15:30, Limassol, Cyprus
The project consortium will discuss the way forward for WP4 (pilot activities) on the basis of the inventory of capacities and user needs analysis from WP2 and the gap analysis from WP3. A concrete roadmap and a specific action plan will be agreed.