Laboratory in Rovno starts innovative projects on nature management

01.06.2018 16:20

A newly opened Noosphere Engineering School in Rovno has already launched three powerful projects and develops a number of ideas about future products and community engagement.

The Rovno laboratory on satellite data analytics was the 4th NES laboratory in Ukraine, along with the laboratories in Kyiv, Dnipro, and Cherkassy. Every laboratory works in a different area of engineering, e.g. robotics and electronics, space research, IT, project management, etc. The first Noosphere Engineering School laboratories were launched in February 2014 in Dnipro and since that time they have worked on over 11 projects, including the CanSat satellite, LaserClock, ArtOs and a number of apps for event management, communication with the police and trip guides.

The lab in Rovno was created in conjunction with the National University of Water Management and Nature Resources. Due to the university’s powerful science potential, the laboratory specializes in effective nature management.

At this moment laboratory on satellite data analytics works with three projects. 

The first project, which is called “Open data. Support for community”, will monitor water bodies and forest resources in order to assess the risks of emergencies in these areas. According to WWF statistics, our planet is losing 18.7 million acres of forests annually, equivalent to 27 soccer fields every minute. Moreover, this project helps to solve the problem of land pollution and illegal dumping and makes it easier to create the balance between natural lands and lands affected by human influences.

“We are going to create an automated classification of urbanized areas of the world”, Olga Stepanchenko, director of NES laboratory on the satellite data analytics in Rovno says. Using satellite images, the system will be able to automatically specify territories like industrial zones, residential districts, park areas, etc. 

The project team is almost full. It includes 3 students and 2 mentors. Particularly, students should create their own system of classification, which is quite a difficult task. Their mentors are university teachers and employees of EOS company, which specializes in the processing and analysis of satellite image, is an Association Noosphere member and a partner of laboratory in Rovno.

Olga Stepanchenko adds that the School has already begun to collaborate with a couple of united territorial communities in the Rovno region. The laboratory team provides a product that allows users to solve a number of problems like more effective land use, analytics-based planning and various other ecological and business issues.

The second project is called “Soil moisture assessment”. It is a program system that shows how moisture is determined deep in the soil. Therefore, it helps to plan optimal irrigation in order to maximize yield. Olga Stepanchenko says that the project team already has their first successes: “We simulated the process of how moisture is spreading in the soil a meter deep. We can calculate the dependence on temperature, as well as how roots of different types absorb moisture.” EOS workers are going to solve the inverse problem. According to the received data, they have to calculate how much rainfall has been received on these areas.

The third project, “Big Meteo Data Analytics” is a technological system that will inform about climate change and how human activity influences the environment. It is a map with data from all meteorological stations in the world. Only Ukraine has several hundred meteorological stations, and some stations have been collecting information since 1901. 

All meteorological stations collect 8 main indicators like maximum and minimum temperature per day, rainfall, wind gusts etc. This data is gathered from open sources, but initially, it is just a big amount of tables. So now the project goal is structure and visualize this information. And therefore to analyze climate changes, other trends and to make some conclusions.

Olga Stepanchenko added that “Big Meteo Data Analytics” is an example of a project that was proposed by students. They worked on it independently with the guidance of one mentor. 

“This is a great opportunity for us to develop a worthwhile product. Students need not only to obtain theoretical information, but practical information as well. Here at NES laboratories, we will have the chance to develop our small ideas into running projects, to understand how companies create their startups, and what they have to pay attention to”,  Liubov Shostak, a university student says. 

We wish mentors and students of the new laboratory luck and success in implementing their ideas!