Skip to 0 minutes and 6 seconds SPEAKER: We’re facing serious environmental challenges and the increasing impacts of a changing climate. GROW offers you the opportunity to join a global observatory in which thousands of people will collaborate to observe and care for the environment. Two of the key challenges GROW focuses on are soil degradation and the impact of a changing climate, both impacted by unsustainable food growing methods. GROW is creating a community of growers– small-scale farmers, scientists, and policymakers– all working together to help address these challenges and learn from each other. This community of citizen scientists will help space science by providing vital grown data to validate the research undertaken by satellites.
Skip to 0 minutes and 47 seconds The shared vision is to support and build sustainable custodianship of the land and soil across Europe. Soil underpins life and healthy soils are essential to healthy and productive ecosystems. Soil is vital to our future, but it is a threatened resource. There is an urgent need to adopt more sustainable agricultural practices. These data can also inform international policy decisions on land use, soil management, and climate change, as well as supporting growers in different countries to share, discover, and test sustainable soil stewardship and growing practices. We invite you to take part in the GROW Observatory through this MOOC, and if you can, through our other activities.
Skip to 1 minute and 30 seconds Whether you are a new or a more experienced grower or citizen scientist, you can learn to gather and make sense of data for yourself. Together we will have opportunities to take part in more complex observations and experiments in the coming weeks and months. You will learn about climate monitoring from space via satellites and from the ground by using handheld and soil sensors. What do sensors used by citizen scientists have to do with orbiting satellites? And how can they be used to predict floods, droughts, and fires?
Skip to 2 minutes and 2 seconds You will find out how satellite data can assist us in understanding the conditions of our soils and how, in turn, people like us can generate soil data to effect change in our gardens, growing sites, and local areas. We will explore how earth observation, soil moisture, and DIY soil sensors can help us improve food growing practices and monitor climate change and soil health. Sign up for this GROW Citizen Science online course. And join a community of soil champions.