Data in Use
LANDSAT 8, MODIS, Sentinel-2, Sentinel-3 (planned)
Data on wind speed and direction, rainfall; historical records of observed swarms; data mined from Twitter and other online sources; crowdsourced data

Service summary
Insect swarms cause devastation to food and cash crops all across the world, resulting in financial losses, food shortages, and increased food prices. Foresight Crops will utilise predictive analytics algorithms on historical satellite data combined with ground data to model and predict how insect swarms form. Crowdsourced information from farmers and the latest Sentinel-2 and -3 data will be used to provide information, warnings, and advice on active swarms.

Customer Benefit

  • Financial savings from reduced crop damage
  • Reduced use of pesticides
  • Less helicopter flying time (to locate and spray swarms)
  • Less environmental damage thanks to more targeted use of pesticides
  • More food for local communities

The Expertise
«Foresight Crops is a service that uses a combination of the latest satellite data provided by Copernicus’ Sentinel-2, in-situ data, and crowdsourced data. What makes it outstanding is the direct benefit it offers end users: Facilitated by Earth observation data (using open standards) from satellites, insect swarm prediction will help protect farmers against damaged crops and resulting losses of income.»

Bart de Lathouwer
Director, Interoperability Programs
Open Geospatial Consortium

Company info
Dr Oluropo Ogundipe
University of Nottingham, United Kingdom