In January 2020 the SIBELIUs Kick-Off meeting was held at Mercy Corps’ central offices, where Uma Kandalaeva, Mercy Corps’ Kyrgyzstan Country Director, gave a warm welcome to the meeting’s participants. The meeting covered several key topics, including an overview by Nick Walker of the project’s aims and an introduction to some of the main technical concepts, including how satellite earth observation can be used to achieve our objectives in Kyrgyzstan and the role and benefits of the Open Data Cube approach.
Another important topic of discussion was where to locate the project’s test sites, which is where interviews will be conducted with local officials, pasture committees and herding households, to better understand their requirements for information relating to pasture. It was agreed that the test sites will be: Jayyl raion in the Chui oblast and the At Bashy raion in the Naryn oblast. However, it is important to note that the SIBELIUs project will collate satellite data and derived products covering the whole of Kyrgyzstan, not just for the test sites.