Nov 10, 2013

Winner of European Space Imaging High-Res Challenge to highlight value of good farming practices

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(Munich, 5 November 2013) Györk Fülöp is this year’s winner of the European Space Imaging High-Res Challenge with his idea ‘CAMEA – Certification of Agronomy for Marketing Environmentally Friendly Agriculture’. The CAMEA project aims to set up a certification service for environmentally friendly agronomic activities that produce crops with a smaller ecological footprint.

WV-2 Image: Fields, Serbia. Copyright European Space Imaging

Adrian Zevenbergen, Managing Director, European Space Imaging GmbH presented the prize for the European Space Imaging High-Res Challenge during the awards ceremony held in Munich as part of the European Space Solutions Conference. The prize is part of the Copernicus Master’s, the European Earth Monitoring competition which awards prizes for innovative solutions for business and society based on Earth Observation data.The European Space Imaging Challenge seeks to create an arena for new application ideas for 50 cm optical satellite imagery from DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 satellite.

The prize was awarded to Györk Fülöp of the Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary for his project ‘CAMEA’ which aims to set up a certification service for environmentally friendly agronomic activities that produce crops with a smaller ecological footprint. He plans to use WorldView-2 8-band satellite data together with Copernicus data sets to monitor agronomic quality each year and provide certification using the new CAMEA certification label. He will receive a generous data package and ongoing support for the development of his idea using VHR imagery.

CAMEA proposed certification logo

For the third year running, the 2013 European Earth Monitoring Competition has been looking for innovative solutions for business and society based on Earth observation data. When the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security programme (GMES) was renamed Copernicus early this year, the competition followed suit with a new look and a new name – Copernicus Masters. It has since become more successful than ever before. This year’s edition welcomed 144 submissions from teams with a total of 239 participants from 23 European countries, representing a 30% increase over 2012. “These figures reflect the Copernicus programme’s increasing importance as an engine of the European economy,” affirms Director General Dordain. “The business ideas submitted have tremendous potential to be developed to market maturity at one of ESA’s Business Incubation Centres.”

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