Fostering the use of satellite Remote Sensing to support Plant Health surveillance activities

On the occasion of the United Nations International Year of Plant Health 2020, Eurisy and Euphresco join forces to promote the operational use of Satellite Remote Sensing to detect, monitor and fight plant pests.

Despite the proven potential of satellite data to guide and instruct on ground surveillance activities and other phytosanitary measures of the National Plant Protection Organisations, practical use of Remote Sensing for Plant Health is still very limited in Europe. To favour the transfer of space technologies to the Plant Health community, Remote Sensing data must be made easily available to National Plant Protection Organisations and be adapted to their needs. For this to happen, new sensors, platforms, and information flows are to be built.