Sustainable Living

The world’s population growth will create new pressures on natural habitats, resources and urban development, and create new challenges for biodiversity, food and water security.

Satellite data is helping to build a global evidence base of how our world is changing, and provides the intelligence, monitoring and global connectivity capabilities to ensure natural resources are managed effectively to achieve maximum, sustainable productivity.

The Catapult’s Sustainable Living Programme identifies and creates opportunities to embed satellite technology and data, into services and solutions that enable the agriculture sector, extractive industries, water and energy operators to grow sustainably.

Our role is to understand the challenges faced by those working in these sectors, raise awareness of satellite capabilities, and work in collaboration with potential customers and end users to develop innovative solutions.

Precision farming and sensor networks

We are working on a number of applications and research projects with agri-tech partners using optical and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Earth observation (EO) data to monitor crop growth and health in the UK and internationally.  We are working with partners in the development of sensor networks for arable and livestock farming to demonstrate the benefits of an integrated communications solution, connecting ground based sensors to a central hub.  We are also exploring satellite capabilities for the monitoring of perishable goods in-transit.

Monitoring capabilities for natural resources

Our environmental monitoring platform concept brings together various forms of EO data and analysis techniques into a toolkit, which will enable organisations to plan for and monitor the impact of activities, such as mining and major construction projects over an extended period. Ground and aerial data will be assimilated into the platform with new ways to visualise the data. Initial projects with organisations based in Chile are developing the concept into practical demonstrators to monitor mining operations and the environmental impact of mining activities.

Water resource management

The team are supporting developments in the use of optical and SAR EO data to monitor fresh water resources in riverine, coastal and estuarine environments and the development of wide area sensor networks for water quality monitoring in remote areas.

Energy infrastructure monitoring

We are exploring opportunities to improve and expand satellite services for the energy distribution networks, in particular, the advantages satellite imaging can offer to infrastructure monitoring.

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