13 August 2020

Data Observatory and CSIRO announce terrestrial and maritime satellite monitoring project for Chile


In its first stage, a prototype of Open Data Cube (in Spanish Open Data Cube) will be developed, starting with satellite data from LANDSAT in Chile to advance research on issues such as water, drought, agriculture, red tide and urban development in different locations, having already available satellite data from the Metropolitan Region for the last 35 years.

An Australian government report on the economic growth opportunities of the countries of the APEC region through the use of terrestrial and maritime observation technologies, indicates that Chile could generate up to 5 billion dollars of economic growth through collaboration between countries and specialized organizations.

Data Observatory and the Australian agency for scientific development CSIRO, through its office in Chile, signed a strategic alliance to develop a revolutionary Open Data Cube project, in Spanish Open Data Cube, for land and maritime satellite monitoring in Chile. starting in a first stage with satellite data from LANDSAT in Chile to advance in the investigation of issues such as water, drought, agriculture, red tide and urban development in different locations, having already available satellite data of the Metropolitan Region of the last 35 years . The project will be developed in 3 stages, starting with the development of an open data cube prototype, its complete availability for Chilean society and its connection with other data cubes that are developed in Latin America.

The initial financing of this project is carried out through the Department of Foreign Relations and Trade of the Government of Australia and the Data Observatory, within the framework of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum, APEC; alliance of which Chile is part. Thus, CSIRO will develop a second stage of the Data Observatory (DO) project, an initiative led by the Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism; Ministry of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation; together with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI).

In a second stage, the prototype will be converted into a fully operational earth observation platform serving the country. In this way, the project will allow to develop in the next 2 years a platform for both public and private access to satellite data that will allow not only understanding the environment, but also guiding new research, supporting public policy decisions and investment and innovation strategies. of companies and universities.

The Minister of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation, Andrés Couve, valued the initiative for the key role that the territory of Chile should play in observing the national territory in understanding Climate Change and climate action ”. For this reason, he also assured that “in pursuit of the same objective we are launching the Climate Change Observatory, a network of actors and instruments that will be an engine of evidence and data for mitigation and adaptation actions, so that we hope that both initiatives they can join their efforts ”.

For Julio Pertuzé, alternate director of the Ministry of Economy in the DO, “making open data sets available, as a public good, is an input for the digital economy to flourish. As the Ministry of Economy, we hope that many entrepreneurs and companies will benefit from the Open Data Cube initiative, in order to develop new services and technologies in such important areas as agriculture, fisheries, urban development, water resources management, and new uses that can be discovered “.

Andrés Jordán, Scientific Leader of Data Observatory, pointed out that this project is fully aligned with the mission that inspired the DO, which seeks, among other objectives, to make data available democratically within an infrastructure, so that this information has a greater impact on the national ecosystem, including the public, private and academic sectors. “Satellite data are very diverse and complex, and in an Open Data Cube they are available in a friendly and expeditious format. Once the prototype is completed, new layers, satellites and sensors will be added, according to the priorities identified according to their users ”.

According to Jonathan Hodge, director of the Data Science and Integration Program of CSIRO Chile, it is a high-scale open data cube for Chile, with many types of data sets for different uses from satellite monitoring. “We will start with the data on water and drought in the central zone of Chile, which already has up to 35 years of records that are already available in the Data Cube.”

Carlos Jerez, Director of Data Observatory, highlighted the multiple possibilities for innovation and scientific development offered by this open platform for Chile, with public and free access, being able to access data from decades in different sectors of the economy in a matter of minutes. “The efficient and updated access to satellite monitoring of our terrestrial and maritime territory will surely allow us to better understand our environment, predict scenarios and make more assertive decisions in public policies, using precision tools for a more efficient management of resources. for sustainable development. The DO began by observing the skies in its first project together with ALMA, and today it begins observing the Earth from space ”.

For his part, Dr. Orlando Jiménez, Executive Director of CSIRO Chile, commented that “This type of platform brings with it enormous potential for the strategic development of various industries, which will be able to use this new source of information for their benefit. . The Data Cube is based on unique technologies in Chile and that with national and Australian experience will be able to generate a relevant impact in the mining industry, agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries, just to name a few. On the other hand, they will support the elaboration of public policies and better informed decision making based on this use of data ”.

CSIRO will work to collect this data from the LANDSAT satellite in the United States in its first stage, and will make it available in the data cube in Chile along with the information available locally, which will enable its immediate use for new products. In our country. While drought is one of the main targets, it will also include information on vegetation, red tide and its impact on agriculture, forest industry, forest fires and aquaculture, as an example. This is the beginning of a platform for Chile and little by little it will add other data sets.

Once the Open Data Cube prototype is built, it will be disseminated throughout Chile through the DO, incorporating satellite information from a number of other sources. Subsequently, it will impact all of Latin America by connecting with other land and maritime satellite monitoring data cubes in development, for example, in Mexico, Colombia and Brazil. “Our goal is to build a single large data cube for Latin America,” said Jonathan Hodge.

The Australian agency CSIRO promotes collaboration between Chile and Australia to deliver world-class applied research in the areas of mining, coastal marine and water management, among other topics. Both countries face similar challenges in terms of their sustainable development and other environmental challenges.

According to a study published in 2019 by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources of the Government of Australia, the promotion and use of terrestrial and maritime observation technologies for the economies of the countries of the APEC region, indicates that our country could generate up to $ 5 billion of economic growth in the next 10 years through collaboration between countries and specialized organizations related to the use of Earth and Sea observation.

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Data Observatory (DO) is a public-private, non-profit collaboration, created by the Ministry of Economy together with the Ministry of Sciences, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the Adolfo Ibáñez University (UAI) with the mission of acquiring, processing , store and dispose of data sets to contribute to the development of science, technology, innovation, knowledge and economic development due to their volume, nature and complexity. More information at dataobservatory.net.

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