In April 2013, a small Australian interim GEOGLAM RAPP task team was established, led by representatives from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). This group has been working to establish a more formalized governance structure to connect in turn to the GEOGLAM initiative, and to build international linkages to space agencies, relevant global institutions, and in-country national programs and structures.
Major Achievements, Partnerships/Linkages, & Future Plans
After two years of establishing a global Community of Practice under CSIRO leadership, RAPP has been mainly working on 4 components:
- Developing a visualizer/interactive map to support a global rangelands report, along similar lines as the GEOGLAM crop monitor. RAPP is already providing a regular vegetation cover anomaly map , but this global interactive tool will inform the community on the state and condition of rangelands and pasture using products such as vegetation cover, grass biomass, and including climate variables (rainfall, soil moisture) and other ancillary datasets such as rangeland/pasture types, livestock densities, etc.
Crucial to this is modelling both for the variables for which estimation can be limited with remote sensing (e.g. biomass) and for linking pasture condition to livestock growth. The target audience includes land managers, state and national policy makers, aid agencies, and livestock domestic and international markets.
Establishinga network of Pilot sites where on-ground measurements of rangeland and pasture condition are intensively collected and used for developing and improving remote sensing algorithms. Similar to JECAM, this would:
develop monitoring & reporting protocols and best practices for various rangeland & pasture (R&P) systems,
compare methods and results based on disparate sources of data, and
facilitate international standards for data products and reporting, supporting the development of the global monitoring system.
Facilitating Earth Observation (EO) data acquisition strategy, by linking the rangeland community and space agencies via CEOS (Committee on Earth Observation Satellites). RAPP data requirements based on the rangeland community needs are in principle similar to the wider GEOGLAM’s ones, but RAPP is working on their specific features required for R&P monitoring.
Finally, to foster communication and Capacity Development , RAPP has been reinforcing its online presence (updated website , launch of a newsletter, twitter account), participating in international conferences, and organizing technical workshops (see last workshop in Brazil, July 2015), working closely with CEOS and its WGCapD (working group on Capacity Building & Development)
Leadership (Point of Contact) Name, Institution, and Email:
- Dr Juan Pablo Guerschman, CSIRO, Australia: juan.guerschman(at)csiro.au
- Flora Kerblat, CSIRO, Australia: flora.kerblat(a)csiro.au