Rezatec and Eden Project partnership secures ESA funding

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Global leader in geospatial data analytics, Rezatec, based at Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire, working in partnership with the educational charity, Eden Project, has secured funding from the European Space Agency to demonstrate the benefits of earth observational data as part of a major public exhibition at the Eden Project in Cornwall called Invisible Worlds.

Invisible Worlds, a new permanent exhibition at the Eden Project, hopes to introduce the interconnectedness between life and the Earth’s varied environments at all scales, exploring how life shapes, and is shaped by, an invisible ‘Life Support System’.

The joint activity involves the curation of an area within the exhibition, dedicated to the impact of geospatial analytics. The exhibition aims to highlight how the interpretation of Earth Observation data can provide innovative and alternative landscape intelligence, with a particular focus on forests and agricultural land.

“This project will serve as a great opportunity to bring the good work that is being done by ESA and Rezatec to the forefront of public conscience. The exhibit will serve as a great shop window and has the potential to inspire further action both commercially and within the public sector.” explained Gabriella Gilkes, Project Lead, The Eden Project.

“Rezatec is really excited to be working with such an inspirational organisation as the Eden Project made possible through funding from ESA’s Business Applications. Satellite-derived data analytics is highly relevant to addressing global challenges in response to increasing demands being placed on land and its efficient use, which are being fuelled by growing populations, water and food security challenges and more efficient natural resource management,” added Tim Vallings, VP Global Resources, Rezatec.

Rezatec and the Eden Project, drawing upon their respective areas of expertise, will explore how the analytics generated for the exhibit could benefit individual growers or forest owners with small areas under management, by providing commercially valuable and actionable decision support tools accessed via a self-service, digital platform. In addition, these analytics could also be provided as an operational service to other creative installations at relevant institutions and organisations around the world.