The open-access book demonstrates how Big Data Technology can make agricultural, forest and fishing industries more efficient and sustainable. Running from 2016 to 2019, the DataBio project collected results from pilots done in these three sectors – and the achievements are impressive. For example, the farming pilot reached savings of 15% on pesticides, 30% of irrigation and 60% of fertilization. This does not only mean monetary benefit for the farmers but also significantly less burden to the environment.

Another big achievement was reached in forestry, as the project piloted a crowdsourced forest damage report system in Finland. In 2019, Big Data Value Association (BDVA) selected the solution as the second-best success story of big data projects funded by the European Commission. In the Czech Republic, the work of the project lead to an update of national legislation regarding calamity zones.

The technology used by the pilots puts the earth observation data in the centre. The book, named “Big Data in Bioeconomy”, explains how DataBio pushed the technology forward by developing the interfaces and APIs, increasing the interconnectivity of the components. It also shows, how the pilots used solar-powered and wireless, autonomous sensors to measure properties of air, crops and soil.

Read the book for all the details on how big data will change the bioeconomy!