The Climate Corporation, the Seeker for this Skin of the Earth Challenge, is interested in learning about the availability of georeferenced soil databases and elevation models that can be used at field and subfield scales for parts of Europe, with the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Poland, and Ukraine as countries of primary interest and Hungary, Italy, Romania, and Spain as countries of secondary interest. Also of interest are similar databases for South Africa. Soil and landscape information is critical to crop health and the Seeker intends to use such information to help farmers optimize soil management and increase economic productivity.
Soil and landscape properties are major drivers of crop yield variability within and among fields. Soil and landscape properties also inform management practices that can be employed to optimize crop production. The Climate Corporation is interested in gaining information about available georeferenced soil databases and elevation models that can be used at the field and subfield scale for parts of Europe and in South Africa. European countries of tier 1 interest are the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Poland, and Ukraine; European countries of tier 2 interest are Hungary, Italy, Romania, and Spain. While the Seeker is aware of various soil databases such as the International Soil Reference and Information Centre (ISRIC) SoilGrids250m global database and the European Soil Data Centre (ESDAC) soil database, these are designed to be used on a regional scale. The UK’s LandIS database is similar to what they are seeking for soil databases but only has coverage of England and Wales. Regarding elevation models, the Seeker is aware of the Airbus WorldDEM™ global digital elevation model but would like to identify elevation models with more accurate vertical resolution for the countries of interest.
After the Skin of the Earth Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submit a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provide .
Employees of The Climate Corporation and Bayer Crop Sciences, as well as their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling, and their respective spouses) or persons living in the same household, whether related or not, are eligible to enter the Challenge; provided that they will not be eligible to receive an award if their Solution is chosen. In addition, the Solutions of employees will fall under The Climate Corporation and Bayer Crop Sciences employment policies and be considered work product of The Climate Corporation and Bayer Crop Sciences.
Climate’s mission is to help the world’s farmers sustainably increase their productivity through the use of digital tools. First launched in the U.S. in 2015, Climate FieldView is the flagship product of The Climate Corporation, the digital farming arm of Bayer. FieldView gives farmers a deeper understanding of their fields so they can make more informed operating decisions to optimize yields, maximize efficiency and reduce risk.
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- There is a guaranteed award. The award(s) will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $10,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $1,000.
- The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker. Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solver grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal, including for promotional purposes.