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Earth observation for soil protection and restoration

March 6 - March 7

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ESA Symposium on Earth observation for soil protection and restoration is a broad call to the international and EU soil community working in the soil science-policy framework to achieve climate neutrality, a clean and circular economy, revert biodiversity loss, safeguard human health, halt desertification, and revert land degradation. This event will include oral presentations (on invitation), discussion rounds and a poster display.

This symposium seeks the following objectives:

  1. To frame the usability of Earth observation technologies for soil protection and restauration requirements targeted by international and EU related policies, including monitoring, reporting and verification.
  2. To present and evaluate the WORLDSOILS Soil Organic Carbon Monitoring System for SOC prediction over bare and permanently covered soils, and the lessons learnt from validation case studies.
  3. To gather evolution requirements of EO based soil monitoring systems and options for sustained operations and business models.
  4. To prospect ways for a downstream service to support national and European agencies for reporting on soil health/quality and thus, contribute to the Land Degradation Monitoring and reporting on Sustainable Development Goal 15.3.1.
  5. To showcase the capacity of satellite remote sensing, alone or combined, for monitoring, validating, reporting or verifying of other specific soil components.

We invite members of the broad soil-stakeholder community to submit their abstract for oral or poster presentation for the follwoing key topics:

  1. EU Soil policy and Earth Observation: research, industry, and technology
  2. Monitoring soil parameters: EO as a trustworthy technique
  3. Soil Organic Carbon Monitoring: data sources, prediction algorithms, handling of uncertainties
  4. Soil carbon certification to the light of edge technologies and soil business models
  5. Advanced satellite instrumentation for soil health
  6. Soil data and methodologies: AI, geo-statistics, spectroscopy, machine learning and other
  7. Towards a Copernicus soil monitoring service portfolio
  8. Remote Sensing of soils: validation methods for agro-policies
  9. Show-casing potential soil carbon removals in various LULC types, in the short and long terms

Abstracts can be submitted here and the deadline is 3 December 2023.

Registration is open here and the deadline to register for the Symposium and the Hackathons is 2 February 2024.

Attendance to the Symposium is only in-person. Online broadcast is not foreseen.

Please note there is no registration fee for attending the Symposium.

Visit the event website https://www.eo4soilprotection.org for more details.


March 6
March 7




Largo Galileo Galilei 1 00044
Frascati (Rome), Italy
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