Welsh Government-sponsored Living Wales research project harnesses data from around the world for green agricultural policies
SAN FRANCISCO, April 05, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Planet Labs PBC (NYSE:PL), a leading provider of daily Earth data and information, today shared a recent initiative supporting European green agricultural policies with Living Wales, a research project sponsored by the Welsh Government and led by Aberystwyth University. Living Wales leverages information from Planet’s real-time and historical satellite data to model future landscape scenarios and track progress against them. This data helps to inform the design of land policy in Wales, improve confidence in greening measures and enable close monitoring and evaluation of the impact of policy over time.
Planet helps Living Wales by providing PlanetScope data at high spatial resolution and with high temporal frequencies. Planet owns and operates the largest Earth observation constellation in the world with over 200 satellites currently in orbit. These satellites provide a line scanner of the Earth, imaging all terrestrial locations on the planet every day. By providing this unprecedented insight into global change, Planet is helping Living Wales monitor environmental activities and build robust data-driven models.
“Land-use change to agriculture is a leading cause of biodiversity loss and greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, and Planet believes that by providing governments and initiatives to seeks frequent and reliable satellite datasets, we can support a sustainable and informed revolution in this industry, thereby contributing to the planetary crisis,” said Will Marshall, co-founder and CEO of Planet.
Using data from Planet, the Living Wales team is able to retrieve environmental descriptors. Land cover maps are essential for an overall understanding of the impact of land use on surrounding ecosystems, and environmental descriptors – eg crop type, leaf chemistry, air index foliar and many others – are the basic elements for the creation of these cards.
By monitoring historical land cover data to predict future landscapes, from flood sequences and vegetation productivity to habitat change and carbon dynamics, the Living Wales team is assessing the impact of different land use scenarios with Planet data. During this process, the team generates future land cover maps, monitors progress toward climate goals, and adapts goals as needed over time. Their team also assesses the economic values of landscapes – the implications of shifting towards local food production and sourcing, and the contributions of ecosystems to mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and restoring biodiversity. .
“You need Earth observation data to understand how our past activities and natural events and processes have shaped the landscapes we see today, but also to plan the future landscape to meet the needs not only of current generation, but also those to come,” said Dr Richard Lucas, Ser Cymru Research Chair in Earth Observation at Aberystwyth University, who currently leads the Living Wales project.
The Living Wales Framework is adopted as Welsh’s national approach to land watch, providing national, international and individual leaders with a blueprint for a proactive, collaborative and transparent approach. The approach is also quantitative and is being developed for use in environmental and economic accounts, both in Wales and overseas.
In its aim to achieve climate neutrality in Wales by 2035, Living Wales is helping to transform policies that ensure the wellbeing of people and nature. Using data from Planet, Wales has successfully moved from watch maps to proactive and positive action.
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