NASA and American universities are launching ideas with the BioSense Institute
The new project will help Serbian agriculture cope with climate change and use water resources and land as rationally as possible.
Due to the increasing frequency of droughts and large fluctuations in weather conditions due to climate change, farmers are increasingly relying on various irrigation systems. Unpredictable summer precipitation leads to a change in the water level, which is declining in the southern Danube river basin, a valuable resource for agriculture. In order for the agricultural sector to adapt to climate change in the right way, it is important to understand trends in agriculture in this context, ie shifting the date of sowing and harvesting, changes in sowing structure, crop rotation, agricultural season, etc. For these reasons, the BioSense Institute, in cooperation with NASA, the University of Grand Valley, the State and Technological Universities of Michigan, will develop a system for monitoring and rational use of water resources and land in Serbia.
“NASA is known to us all for the Space Shuttle and landing on the moon, but a large part of their operations are aimed at observing the Earth. Together with our American colleagues, we will analyze satellite images of Vojvodina, try to answer the question of how climate change will affect domestic agriculture and the environment, and what specifically we can do to increase production efficiency and maintain biodiversity, “said Oskar Marko, assistant director for innovation and collaboration with Industry
Vladimir Crnojevic, director of the BioSense Institute, says that this is another important step in the process of digitalization of agriculture, whose initiator is the BioSense Institute.
“The product of the BioSense Institute is knowledge. Currently, the most important starting point for agricultural development is data. By sharing data and knowledge through cooperation with top scientific institutions and investing in research, intellectual capital is multiplied, new ideas and solutions are created that will make agriculture more efficient. “
The project will last until 2024, and the latest information and results of the project will be available on the website of the BioSense Institute, as well as on social networks.