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EODIP 8 - Targetting Water Quality - SD1703

Defra’s Secretary of State has made better use of data and technology a key strand of the department’s new approach and has highlighted the use of satellite data and the EU Copernicus programme as important opportunities to modernise the way we do business.

The “Earth Observation Data Integration Pilot” (EODIP) initiative is the first demonstrator for new ways of integrating satellite and other data to enable more efficient data gathering and operations across a wide field of Defra’s interests, from crop mapping and CAP implementation, habitat condition and natural capital assessment to catchment management. The aim of the EODIP programme is to demonstrate the benefits of using new, open earth observation (EO) data to drive forward innovation and boost efficiency, to improve decisions and deliver an improved environment and thriving rural communities. The pilot will evaluate the economic benefits and cost savings through the application of new technology and provide a test-bed for an integrated ‘nature map’ of England.

The initiative consists of a suite of around 10 research projects that together form a test-bed for an integrated ‘nature map’ of England and will be the first flagship initiative for the Defra Earth Observation Centre of Excellence – a formal deliverable from Defra’s ONE Monitoring Programme.
The project will deliver a pre-operational pilot system which uses Earth Observation and supplementary data to support water quality monitoring. The system will be used to augment risk assessment and inform water quality sampling at a national level.
The objectives of this work are to:

Adapt the existing prototype to consume an additional source of crop map data

• Make recommendations on the use of any further datasets as part of the system. Implement those dataset(s) if agreed by the Environment Agency

• Develop further the numerical / analytical capability of the system to generate information that can be readily used to support risk assessment and contribute to the optimisation of monitoring site locations. This will likely include analyses:

• Temporal: use of multi-year crop, monitoring and WFD classification data
• Spatial: methods that operate at the parcel and catchment scales
• Numerical: assessment of change & likelihood of no deterioration in WFD status

• Outputs from the system are to be designed for maximum use in supporting risk-based decision-making that contributes to efficient resource allocation.

• The system must deliver a clear & transparent evidence trail of how results have been produced.

• Outline broad options for an operational system; estimate setup and annual running costs.
• The pilot will contribute to the Environment Agency's Strategic Monitoring Review as a component of new ways of working to deliver monitoring using innovative technologies at a national level.
Project Documents
• EVID4 - Final project report : SD1703 Final Report   (1238k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2016

To: 2017

Cost: £49,407
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Agriculture and Water Quality              
Environmental policy