Copernicus data and information for monitoring agricultural crop water usage(2/2)

Project Details


We obtained a grant under Horizon 2020 Advance Planning Programme of MOST in 2016. Then, we teamed up with European scientists to propose a Horizon 2020 proposal in 2019. Our European partners successfully obtained a grant under Horizon 2020 Programme as seen in the “Grant Agreement” issued by EUROPEAN COMMISSION with reference “275/G/GRO/COPE/17/10042” and subject titled “Caroline Herschel Framework Partnership Agreement - Approval of the work programme 2019.” The document “Copernicus User Uptake- Framework Partnership Agreement on Copernicus User Uptake (FPCUP) Work Programme 2019” lists all the consortium members and work programs. It can be regarded as an integrated document of “Consortium Agreement” and “Work Programs.” Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) of Finland is charge of “Action 2019-3-37: Extending user uptake activities in Asia and South America.” Our team in Taiwan through partnership with FMI is in charge the actions stated in the “Action 2019-3-37.”The main objective of “Action 2019-3-37” is Copernicus user uptake in Chile and Taiwan and possibly extending to the other countries. The “Action 2019-3-37” aims at targeted countries to (1) raise awareness and knowledge of the Copernicus program (, (2) engage Copernicus users in public and private sectors, and (3) enable access to Copernicus data and information. It is clearly indicated in the “Action 2019-3-37” that we will conduct further research and innovation by using our developed Normalized Difference Latent heat Index (NDLI). Thus, we will utilize the Copernicus data and information to develop consistent, reliable and cost-effective crop productivity maps by using the NDLI as an indicator. Specifically, the tasks proposed in our two-year project are addressed as follows. For the first year (1/1/2020~12/31/2020), we will assist the tasks involving Copernicus user uptake, collect the Copernicus data and information, and develop the maps of crop types and crop productivity by using our developed NDVI as an indicator. For the second year (1/1/2021~12/31/202), we will continue to assist the tasks involving Copernicus user uptake, estimate the crop water productivity, identify crop water stress, and develop prescription maps for precision irrigation water management.Outcomes of this project will be of five major aspects. 1.Assist the aims of “Action 2019-3-37” to promote the uptake of Copernicus data and information to maximize its societal values in resolving challenges in Taiwan and, possibly, extending to other countries such as Vietnam.2.Develop the maps of crop types and crop productivity using Copernicus data and information at a field scale in order to visualize the spatial distribution of the water productivity.3.Advance techniques to develop consistent, timely, and cost-effective crop productivity, evapotranspiration, and water productivity maps to assess the spatial variability in the efficiency of water use by high water guzzling crops.4.Delineate crop areas subject to varying levels of crop water stress at various spatial and temporal scales for extrapolation of findings to assess the agriculture irrigation performance. 5.Create the prescription maps for precision irrigation water management by using the satellite water-related indexes maps for optimum crop growth to develop the dynamic prescription maps for precision irrigation water management for conservation of water resources.
Effective start/end date1/02/2131/08/23

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


  • water productivity
  • Normalized Difference Latent heat Index
  • Copernicus


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