SIGMA presents a global partnership of expert institutes in agricultural monitoring, with a strong involvement in GEO and the Global Agricultural Geo-Monitoring (GEO-GLAM) initiative. SIGMA aims to develop innovative methods, based upon the integration of in-situ and earth observation data, to enable the prediction of the impact of crop production on ecosystems and natural resources. The proposed project will address methods to:
1) enable sharing and integration of satellite and in situ observations according to GEOSS Data CORE principles;
2) assess the impact of cropland areas and crop land change on other ecosystems;
3) understand and assess shifts in cultivation practises and cropping systems to evaluate impacts on biodiversity and the environment.
SIGMA implements activities in Europe, Russia, Ukraine, China, Vietnam, Africa, Argentina and Brazil and is financed through the EC’s Research Framework programme (FP7).