UVAs on precision farming management

Company: SM GEODIM SL

Website: www.geodim.es

Address: Torre Albarrana s/n, 50340 Maluenda - Zaragoza, Spain

Contact: Lara Fernández (Tel: +34 976 89 0238, lfernandez(at)geodim.es)

 

Company Profile:

SM GEODIM is a Spanish private company (SME) of RTD and innovation, specialized in the development of operational Remote Sensing and GIS (Geographical Information System) applications.

Company's background and know-how is backed by more than 27 years of experience of its founder and current CEO Dr. Salomón Montesinos, together with a highly specialized and multidisciplinary technical team.

A broad network of partners and contacts throughout by Europe complements our capacities. Among the Spanish stand out: Civil Engineering School of University of Castilla-La Mancha; Research Institute of Agricultural and Food Development of Murcia Region (IMIDA) and GeoSpatiumLab (a spin-off of the University of Zaragoza).

Over these years, we have developed a good number of operational applications of Remote Sensing, among which are remarkable:

Quantification of irrigated surfaces

The estimation of agricultural water demand is one of the most important data for water planning and management of a territory. Quantification of really irrigated surfaces will allow us:

  • Measurement and evaluation of Groundwater withdrawals.
  • Control of exploitation regime of overexploited aquifers.
  • Monitoring and evolution of agricultural water demand from the entry into force of the Water Law.

Detection of ilegal irrigations

The second higher pressure existing on the EU ecological status derives from excessive water collection.

The assignment of an excessive amount of water to users, by an overestimation of resources or to economical and political pressures, must be distinguished from the water collection, which is illegal when it's carried out without license or violating the terms of a license.

Cartography of flooded areas

Earth Observation techniques can help in the different stages of flood management, from prevention to return to normal situation. Among the information that can be generated, stand out: the maps of land use, of vulnerability, of evolution of the flood, of soils moisture and Digital Elevation Models.

Remote Sensing as evidence in court

Satellite images are an effective and objective way of evidence, both in administrative and judicial proceedings.

However, it's necessary to count on sufficient experience and an adequate training to present legal evidences in the Court.

SM GEODIM has extensive experiences providing help in this matter to public organizations as well as private entities.

Precision Farming

Satellite images can be used to segment cultivated plots into homogeneous areas. It is proved that this segmentation is very useful to maximize the production of quality crops.

System of Environmental - Economic Accounting for Water (SEEAW)

During 2012, SM GEODIM has received funding from EU for SEAAW implementation: www.seeawater.eu

SEEAW provides a conceptual framework to organize the economic and environmental information to realize consistent analysis about the contribution of water to the economy and to determine the impact of economy on the environment, especially on water resources.

Monitoring of civil works

Large engineering projects are carried out anywhere in the world. In many countries it is difficult to find updated mapping information. In these cases, remote sensing becomes an essential tool to face the projects.

From satellite images we can obtain both altimetry (Digital Elevation Models), and planimetry (roads, hidrography and land uses) from anywhere in the world.

Since 1999 several Very High Resolution (VHR) satellites have been launched providing satellite images with resolutions of up to 50 cm, which is equivalent to 1:2,500 working scale.

 

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