An Earth obseRvation Model based RicE information Service

ERMES (An Earth obseRvation Model based RicE information Service) aims to develop a prototype of downstream service dedicated to rice sector based on assimilation of EO and in situ data within crop yield modelling.


The objective of this service, targeted to European needs, is to:

a)contribute to the regional authorities in the implementation of agro-environmental policies;

b)support farming activities for sustainable management practices;

c)provide independent reliable information to the agro-business sector.

The long term goal is to extend and adapt the service to Asian and African markets, in order to boost European competitiveness and contribute to a sustainable development.

On the base of previous experience of the consortium partners, two services are foreseen:

Regional Rice Service (RRS) to provide to public authorities a customized agro-monitoring system devoted to regional yield estimates and risk/damage alarming. Digital maps and bulletin will be disseminated via web through INSPIRE compliant geo-portal;

Local Rice Service (LRS) to provide to the private sector (farmers and agro-services and insurance companies) high level information on yield variability, risk alert and crop damage assessment at farm scale. Advanced smart technologies will be used to receive in-situ observations from the user, to be ingested in crop model, and to disseminate customised information to them.


Funding body: European Union - FP7 SPACE

Prime contractor: IREA

Period of activity: 2014 - 2016

IREA project manager: Mirco Boschetti

Research topic: Optical Remote Sensing