Our technology makes it possible to observe and measure land and water resources for every farm on the planet.
How do we achieve this?
Data streams from 20+ different satellites are processed with our fusion algorithms, which eliminate gaps in the data and remove the effects of clouds.
Next, this data is integrated with information gathered from sensors mounted on airplanes, automobiles, and ground sensor networks.
Integration of all of this information is made possible by our proprietary algorithms, which have been verified with actual “ground truth” information, creating a quantitative analysis of individual fields at a 30-meter (100-foot) resolution and at a daily frequency, recording the past 20+ years.
Then we apply our scientific models and proprietary algorithms to evaluate crop growth conditions (photosynthesis, biomass, growth stage, crop yield), water use, biochemical status (nitrogen and phosphorus content), and management practices (planting/harvesting time, field boundaries, crop type, cover crop growth, crop residue, and tillage).
Ground truth data allows us to reconstruct historical conditions and create forecasts.
Starting with a well-established scientific model* for simulating entire agriculture ecosystems, we added proprietary improvements that incorporate hundreds of variables above and below ground.
Then we constrained the model with actual observations, allowing us to reliably and realistically create a holistic view of each farm.
This effort has created the most advanced model for crop growth, carbon cycles, and nutrient dynamics.
* The “ecosys” model developed by Dr. Robert Grant at the University of Alberta.
Using AI and advanced mathematical tools to combine the data and model, we have created the first real forecasting capabilities for agroecosystems.
We are able to directly see how different components of carbon, water, and nutrients change during the growth season and how they are impacted by farming practices.
Additionally, we can create simulations that make it possible to predict the outcomes of various changes, from switching crop varieties and management practices, to assessing the impacts of climate change.
With the aid of supercomputers and cloud computing, we can process millions of farm-level simulations simultaneously, allowing us to achieve field-level accuracy over large geographic areas.
Crop yield, photosynthesis,
crop type, crop stress factors
Greenhouse gas emission,
nutrient leaching, water quality,
Crop water use (i.e. evapotranspiration),
soil moisture, irrigation guidance,
field-level drainage condition
Canopy nutrient contents,
fertilizer application guidance
adoption of cover crop, tillage practice, other conservation practices (e.g. grass waterways)
Airborne hyperspectral imaging for crop assessment
Selected Publications by Our Scientists
The scientists who lead Aspiring Universe also lead the field. If you want to delve deeper into the technologies, take a look at some of the papers co-authored by Aspiring Universe scientists.
Kimm, H., Guan, K., Gentine, P., Wu,J., Lin, C., Bernacchi, C.J., and Sulman, B.N. (2020). Redefining droughts for the U.S. Corn Belt: The dominant role of atmospheric vapor pressure deficit over soil moisture in regulating stomatal behavior of Maize and Soybean. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 287.
Kimm, H., Guan, K., Jiang, C., Peng, B., Gentry, L.F., Wilkin, S.C., Wang,S., Cai, Y., Bernacchi, C.J., Peng, J., and Luo, Y.(2020). Deriving high-spatiotemporal-resolution leaf area index for agroecosystems in the U.S. Corn Belt using Planet Labs CubeSat and STAIR fusion data. Remote Sensing of Environment, 239.