Contracts awarded under the EOADP

The Earth Observation Application Development Program (EOADP), created in 2000, supports initiatives at three stages of maturity: Research and Development (R&D), Pre-Operational and Operational. The main focus of the program is to move results from R&D projects to operational use.

R&D

EOADP funds R&D projects aiming to exploit Earth observation missions supported by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). These projects are selected on the basis of innovation and their potential of being used in information systems and in service offerings.

Pre-operational

EOADP supports demonstration projects aimed at developing innovative products and services based on Earth observation technology. They are carried out in partnership with Canadian companies and in close collaboration with national and international institutions.

Operational

EOADP offers the possibility to refine the products and services, which have shown an operational potential and will require little research and development. These projects are carried out in collaboration with operational users who participate actively in each implementation phase.

Recent projects

Below you will find the most recent Announcements of Opportunity and projects funded.

Research and Development on the Integration of Earth Observation Data from Multiple Sources

In fall 2017, as part of EOADP the CSA issued an Announcement of Opportunity to support research and development on the integration of data from multiple sources. This is defined as the combination of RADARSAT imagery with data from other Earth observation satellites, plus any other complementary forms of data such as on-site measurements and simulations. The following Canadian companies will receive a total of more than $1,750,000 in funding.

Funded projects -
Application Domains Project Title Organization Name Total CSA funding
Agriculture Novel Early Season Crop Type Classifier by Improved Utilization of Multi-frequency PolSAR and Electro-optical Data A.U.G. Signals Ltd.
(Toronto, Ontario)
$149,695
Natural resources, software, change detection, data fusion Development and Demonstration of Capability to Re-project and Merge Optical Data to Fully Calibrated Slant Range SAR PCI Geomatics Enterprises Inc.
(Gatineau, Quebec)
$128,036
Maritime, commercial, surveillance, and others Behaviour Analytics from Multi Earth Observation Satellite Data MDA Systems Ltd.
(Richmond, British Columbia)
$150,000
Polarimetric and interferometric SAR RADARSAT M2M Cloud Platform SkyWatch Space Applications Inc.
(Waterloo, Ontario)
$150,000
Agriculture Smart mapping of agricultural soils through mining EO big data (ScanSol) Effigis Géo-Solutions Inc.
(Montreal, Quebec)
$149,897
Deformation measurements Utilization of Multi Radar Data Sets with Advanced Data Fusion Techniques TRE ALTAMIRA Inc.
(Vancouver, British Columbia)
$149,727
Surface water monitoring in wetlands A Remote Sensing Virtual Machine incorporating multiple space-based data and M2M connections in a cloud-compatible environment Kepler Space Inc.
(Kanata, Ontario)
$149,848
Resources and land use management Urban Monitoring Change Detection for Multi-Sensor Satellite Imagery Complex System Inc.
(Calgary, Alberta)
$149,997
Maritime CAMDAS Earth Observation Data Exploitation Tool Development Space Strategies Consulting Ltd.
(Kanata, Ontario)
$150,000
Lake ice Detection and Monitoring of Linear Hazards to Travel on Lake Ice NextGen Environmental Research Inc.
(Winnipeg, Manitoba)
$127,226
Innovation and technology Automated Land Cover Toolbox (ALTbox) ASL Environmental Sciences Inc.
(Victoria, British Columbia)
$150,000
Geospatial intelligence Multisensor Value-Added Products and Services from Satellite Temporal Series Analysis (MUSES) CS Communication and Systems Canada Inc.
(Saint-Laurent, Quebec)
$150,000

Exploring the benefits of using satellites and drones together

- From their unique vantage point in space, Earth observation (EO) satellites provide data that is used to support activities and decision making in various areas, helping us monitor and protect our environment, improve resource management, and maintain safety and security. As satellite technology advances, the potential uses and applications for their data are also improving.

Unmanned aerial systems (UASs), or drones, have also evolved significantly in recent years. They are increasingly available and used in a wide variety of domains. Applications include agriculture, environment, infrastructure and natural resources, to name just a few.

With the rise and popularization of this technology, the CSA is interested in exploring the complementary use of drones and satellites to enhance EO applications and provide more comprehensive solutions to end-users. Through the EOADP, the CSA is funding the following concept studies. Each project, which benefits from a maximum funding of $100,000, is proposing an innovative EO solution that incorporates the use of drones.

Funded projects -
Application Concept study Company
Identifying the presence of pests in agriculture Use drones to perform more precise screening of pests in agriculture. Automated screening by drones would be guided by risk maps that identify presence of pests using satellite data. The concept could contribute to more strategic use of agricultural inputs (e.g. pesticides). effigis Géo-solutions inc.
(Montreal, Quebec)
Monitoring algae blooms Monitor algae blooms (cyanobacteria / blue-green algae) in an orderly and cost-effective manner by using hyperspectral sensors aboard drones to simulate coarse-resolution data for specific regions. INRS centre ETE
(Quebec City, Quebec)
Monitoring algae blooms Use data from EO satellites along with hyperspectral and thermal infrared sensors aboard drones to identify non-toxic and toxin-producing algae in local waterways. The concept could support early warnings and help reduce risk of health consequences. H20 Geomatics
(Waterloo, Ontario)
Providing land measurements to the mining sector Investigate the benefits of using drone-derived digital elevation model products to ensure quicker delivery and increased accuracy of land measurements for the mining sector. TRE Altamira
(Vancouver, B.C.))
Detecting disturbances caused by industrial activities Combine the advantages of EO satellites and drones to monitor industrial disturbances caused by oil and gas exploration and development. Enhance information products developed from satellite data by using drones where satellites do not provide sufficient resolution (e.g. to observe narrow linear disturbances). ASL Environmental Sciences
(Victoria, B.C.)
Monitoring pipelines Develop a complete operational definition for remote pipeline monitoring. Examine recent results using satellite data, and define a technically feasible concept that incorporates drones while considering current and potential regulation of drones by Transport Canada. C-CORE
(St. John's, Newfoundland)
Monitoring forests Develop a cost-effective method that uses EO data to produce maps that show the infestation, defoliation and mortality of spruce trees caused by the growing presence of pests like the spruce budworm, particularly in the boreal forests of northern Quebec. AECOM Consultants Inc.
(Quebec City, Quebec)

Using satellite data to enhance disaster management in Canada

2016-11-24 - Over the years, Earth Observation (EO) has proven to be a valuable tool to monitor and assist during critical situations disrupting our environment. From a distance, EO satellites are consistently giving us a global view of our vast country, precisely measuring minute changes in our territory hence providing us with important information, particularly in times of disaster management.

Recognizing the rapid growth of technology and our increasing need for more innovative tools taking full advantage of the EO information available, especially in the context of catastrophic situations, the CSA recently issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) in order to support the development of advanced EO solutions to better manage disasters in Canada. In their proposals, respondents had to demonstrate their solution's added value relative to existing practices and showcase steps leading to its implementation.

As a result, 10 projects were selected to receive funding through the EOADP. Each project, which benefits from a maximum funding of $300,000, is proposing an innovative EO solution that improves the management of disasters involving landslides, wildfires, flooding, oil and ice detection, and ice travel.

The Canadian companies selected to receive funding are:

To gain better insight and as an example of projects funded, please read a summary of 3vGeomatics' proposal to develop a monitoring system to detect landslides in wide areas. (Credit: R. Couture/Geological Survey of Canada)

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