EU Project GROW Observatory (2016-2019)
Description The GROW Observatory is a platform and community for large scale citizen science that aims to empower tens of thousands of growers across Europe with knowledge on sustainable practices and make a vital contribution to global environmental monitoring.
EU Call Horizon 2020
Total Funding 5,096,919 €
IAAC Department Fab City Research Lab
Partners University of Dundee (UK), Internationales Institut Fuer Angewandte Systemanalyse (AT), Food and Agriculture  Organization of  The United Nations – FAO (IT), MET Office (UK), Hydrologic Research BV (NL), StarLab Barcelona SL (ES), FutureEverything CIC (UK), Ecolise (BE), WeCreate Workspace Ltd (IE), CulturePolis (EL), Parrot SA (FR), The James Hutton Institute (UK), Technische Universitaet Wien (AT), Thingful Limited (UK), Storythings Ltd (UK), Miskolci Egyetem (HU), The Forest Trust (UK).

The GROW Observatory (GROW) will create a sustainable citizen platform and community to generate, share and utilise information on land, soil and water resource at a resolution hitherto not previously considered. The vision is to underpin smart and sustainable custodianship of land and soil, whilst meeting the demands of food production, and to answer a long-standing challenge for space science, namely the validation of soil moisture detection from satellites.

GROW is a highly innovative project leveraging and combining low-cost consumer sensing technology, a simple soil test and a large user base of growers and plant enthusiasts to contribute individual soil and land data. It is designed to engage primarily individual growers and small-scale farmers across Europe and to enable them to develop new wisdom and innovative practices through the collective power of shared and open data and knowledge.

The GROW partnership will connect and scale to globally dispersed communities linked through digital and social platforms, and a wide range of additional citizen associations and NGOs in sustainable agriculture, gardening, food democracy and land management. IAAC is developing and testing new open source tools based on the Smart Citizen Kit to support citizens across Europe to monitoring soil quality.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 690199.