Vineyard map opens doors to global regions

June 13th, 2019, Published in Articles: PositionIT

Developed by Consilium Technology in Adelaide, South Australia, the Geospatial Artificial Intelligence for Agriculture (GAIA) analysis algorithm scans high-resolution satellite images of Australia’s wine regions to identify where vineyards are located and how many vine rows are planted. Funded by Wine Australia, the scan replaces the old Australian Bureau of Statistics paper-based sector survey, last published in 2015. The locations of all 75 961 Australian vineyard blocks detected have been mapped, providing information that can be used for emergency biosecurity responses. The new method has also measured vine row length, making it possible to assess planting densities by GI region and sub-region. The multi-spectral imagery from Maxar’s WorldView-2 satellite and GAIA technology can also be used to provide insights into vine health such as assessing weather-related damage. An interactive GAIA app will be launched at the Australia Wine Industry Technical Conference in Adelaide in July 2019 to allow grape growers and winemakers across Australia identify and annotate their own blocks. Wine Australia levy payers, winemakers and grape growers will be able to log in to GAIA to view results on a map, from where additional crop health value added services are offered.

Contact Dr Sebastien Wong, Consilium Technology, gaia@consilium.technology

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