Announcing the EO AFRICA R&D Research Projects – Awarded Proposals (Second Call)

EO AFRICA R&D Research Projects 2023-2024 – Awarded Proposals:

EO AFRICA R&D Research Projects 2023-2024

Following the successful Call for Research Proposals 2022-2023, the EO AFRICA R&D Facility, in coordination with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the African Union Commission (AUC), launched in September 2022 a 2nd call for proposals. The aim of this call is to extend the support to African-European collaborative research efforts in the domain of EO applications. Similar to the 1st call, applicants were invited to submit their research ideas to create EO-based algorithms and workflows by leveraging cutting-edge cloud-based data access and computing infrastructure to tackle water scarcity and food security challenges in Africa.

This grant provides the selected proposals with 25,000 EUR for research activities during a period of 12 months. In addition, awarded projects will get free access to cloud-based Virtual Research Environments through the Innovation Lab of the Facility, dedicated user and technical support, access to EO AFRICA Space Academy events, and integration into the EO AFRICA Network for international scientific collaboration.

Following the evaluation of the proposals by the Selection Committee in collaboration with ESA and AUC, 17 research projects (listed below) were awarded for funding from 11 African and 9 European countries.

Funded Projects:

Title Countries Col
1. BIG data archetypes for crops from EO South Africa
United Kingdom
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elhadi Adam
Prof. Dr. Philip Lewis
2. Advances in deep learning model for irrigated agricultural area mapping: the case of Upper Awash Basin, Ethiopia Ethiopia
United Kingdom
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Berhan Gessesse Awoke
Dr. Alireza Taravat
3. Fodder quality assessment in Senegalese rangelands based on Sentinel-2 images Senegal
Dr. Diouf Abdoul Aziz
Dr. Leroux Louise
4. Leveraging inland radar altimetry over rivers with low cost GNSS reflectometry Uganda
The Netherlands
Zeleke Kelebew Challa
Assist. Prof. Dr. Ing. Roelof Rietbroek
5. Riverine flood and crop monitoring and assessment using cloud computing and earth observation: case of Comoe Catchment, Côte D’Ivoire Côte D’Ivoire
Dr. Jean Homian Dahumah
Dr. Andrew Ogilvie
6. Using high spatial and temporal resolution data for monitoring wheat and rice crop agronomic variables for smallholder agriculture in the Nile Delta, Egypt Egypt
Prof. Dr. Ahmed Abd El Fattah El Baroudy
Prof. Dr. Belen Franch
7. Remote sensing and modelling to assess crop-specific response to climate stressors Kenya
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hussein Farah
Dr. Gohar Ghazaryan
8. Monitoring and assessment of dry biomass in the Sahel rangelands using satellite images Niger
Dr. Issa Garba
Dr. Roel van Hoolst
9. Cloud computing for seasonal cropland monitoring in degraded Shilansha catchment, Ethiopia Rift Valley Basin Ethiopia
The Netherlands
Assefa Gedle
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tom Rientjes
10. Forest disturbance detection by means of radar and optical remote sensing data fusion and artificial intelligence Nigeria
Dr. Femi Emmanuel Ikuemonisan
Prof. Dr. Kamila Pawluszek-Filipiak
11. Mapping and monitoring spatiotemporal desertification patterns in the steppic belt of Algeria Algeria
The Netherlands
Prof. Dr. Mejdi Kaddour
Assist. Prof. Dr. Mahdi Khodadadzadeh
12. A composite drought indicator for the Borana rangelands in Ethiopia combining multi-source Earth Observation data and the three-source balance model: a support to the index-based insurance for pastoralists in Ethiopia Ethiopia
Dr. Getachew Mehabie Mulualem
Dr. Vicente Burchard Levine
13. Application of remote sensing data to support pests monitoring and agriculture statistics in Rwanda Rwanda
Prof. Dr. François Xavier Naramabuye
Dr. Vince Láng
14. Save the Faleme River: use of EO data for monitoring water pollution and scarcity due to anthropic activities Senegal
Dr. Ngom Ndeye Marame
Dr. David Baratoux
15. Olive trees health and yield prediction through EO data and machine learning Morocco
Prof. Dr. Aicha Rochi
Assist. Prof. Dr. Judit Pál-Schreiner
16. Exploring aquatic weed coexistence using Sentinel-2 satellite data for informed aquatic weeds management for inland waterbodies South Africa
The Netherlands
Dr. Cletah Shoko
Assist. Prof. Dr. Marloes Penning de Vries
17. Space-based and geospatial technology for disaster risk reduction: flood monitoring and prediction in Amibara, Afar, Ethiopia Ethiopia
Dr. Gizachew Kabite Wedajo
Prof. Dr. Paolo Gamba
Announcing the EO AFRICA R&D Research Projects – Awarded Proposals (Second Call)