Satellite – Scaling Up Carbon Farming
In recent years, many studies on carbon farming practices have been done. Optimizing carbon capture on working landscapes is expanding in the United States and in other major production areas around the world. In coordination with these efforts, a framework is being structured that encompasses political and financial incentives, regulatory frameworks, contracted production, and debate on risks related to changing practices.
Despite this momentum, many projects are limited to local operations or to a limited number of farmers around the world. Collecting information is a long and complex process, but it is essential to model carbon flows and compare them to existing trends. Because of this difficulty, data collection can create a significant financial loss for the entire chain before the value of carbon removal is redistributed.
Previously perceived as a simple variable rate application tool, satellite imagery is now a great resource for simplifying these processes. The new EarthDaily constellation combines excellent spatial resolution (5m) with daily revisit frequency. These characteristics are adapted to the complexity of carbon farming practices. Quantified biomass of cover crops and their duration, detection of tillage practices, and crop rotations are all parameters that can be measured with satellites.
Why use satellites in carbon approaches?
For the Farmer & Agribusiness:
- Time-saving and simplification of processes: The grower validates and corrects, if necessary, the elements detected by satellite.
- Transparency and validation of the efforts: Earth Observation provides technological proof over declarative analysis.
- Financial gain: Satellite data reduces uncertainty and possible losses in profitability from changing farm practices.
For Carbon Credits Stakeholders:
- Transparency that analyzes the appropriate value of the credits generated rather than using comparisons from other parts of the planet.
- Optimization of operational costs and economies of scale.
- A comprehensive approach that allows for the rapid integration of new fields, farmers, and agribusiness.
For our Institutions and Society:
- Exhaustive analysis of the territories: Implementation of complementary actions and measurement of impacts.
- Consistency with COP21 & COP26 goals & objectives: Transitioning scale to achieve targets.
How to Use Satellite Imagery?
EarthDaily Agro is providing imagery-based indicators to enhance carbon sequestration in agriculture. Please contact us for more details.
And Beyond Carbon?
In addition to carbon, biodiversity and water management are other examples where information captured from space is allowing us to enlarge our point of view and to scale up our work. Stay connected!