The GEOGLAM community has recognized the importance of rangeland and pasture systems in the forming a complete understanding of food security and production. As there was no comprehensive global effort to monitor the status and productivity of pastures and rangelands, GEO & GEOGLAM proposed to bring together space agencies, existing associated institutional frameworks, in-situ networks, and the pasture productivity modeling community to establish a dedicated global system for observing pastures and rangeland status, and ultimately to also estimate biomass dynamics and productivity.
This project, termed “GEOGLAM Rangelands and Pasture Productivity (RAPP)” will provide the global community the means to regularly monitor the world’s open-field, ‘free-range’ rangelands and pasture lands and their capacity to produce animal protein in real-time, at national, regional, and global levels. This includes the monitoring of rangelands (both small farms and extensive livestock operations covering grasslands, savannah woodlands, and arid and semi-arid scrublands, where native plant species support production of livestock) and pasture lands (lands where improved plant species designed for livestock nutrition dominate the system, and where higher levels of inputs [such as nutrients, water, active stock management, etc.] are used).
GEOGLAM Rangelands Examples
From April 2013, a small Australian interim GEOGLAM RAPP task team has been established, comprised of representatives from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Queensland Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts (DSITIA) and the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) (within the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - DAFF). This group will work to establish a more formalised governance structure to connect in turn to the GEOGLAM initiative, and build international linkages to space agencies, relevant global institutions and in-country national programs and structures.
For more information, refer to this Summary Document.