Research teams have lift off for Earth observation projects

Published: 03 April 2024

12 New Zealand research teams will conduct joint 6-month feasibility studies looking at Earth observation research with NASA partners.

The research teams will conduct feasibility studies in the areas of environmental monitoring, water and climate modelling, natural hazards, and biodiversity.

The research is important as it will look at how food is grown, agriculture is sustainably monitored, floods and droughts are anticipated, and how environmental impacts are measured.

By working with the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) the teams will have access to state-of-the art technology and expertise to develop their research and build partnerships with a world leader in space research.

Researchers will conduct a range of studies, including dynamic forest mapping, CO2 flux estimations for small countries, and tracking pasture quality with satellite imagery.

Research teams will receive for up to NZ$75,000 for the 6-month Earth observation feasibility studies which is part of the Government’s Catalyst Fund’s $9 million allocation for international research partnerships with NASA.                         

A total of $6.5 million has been allocated specifically for Earth observation projects. 

The Catalyst Fund supports activities that initiate, develop and foster collaborations which take advantage of international science and innovation for New Zealand’s benefit.

Completed feasibility studies will be considered jointly by MBIE and NASA against the assessment criteria used for the call for proposals for second stage funding.

Information about the successful proposals

New Zealand – NASA Partnerships Funded Projects

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