[PhD’s Corner] Urcel Kalenga: Definition, design and evaluation of an information system for pastoralism

Urcel Kalenga is one of the #DigitAg co-funded PhDs

Definition, design and evaluation of an information system for pastoralism

  • Start Date: 01/12/2019
  • University: MUSE Montpellier Université d’Excellence – Montpellier SupAgro
  • PhD School: GAIA
  • Field(s): Géomatics
  • Doctoral Thesis Advisor: Magali Jouven (Montpellier SupAgro SELMET), Maguelonne Teisseire (Irstea TETIS)
  • Co-supervisors : Lucile Sautot (AgroParisTech TETIS)
  • Funding: #DigitAg – AgroParisTech
  • #DigitAg: Axis 4 & 5 , Challenge 4

Keywords: Pastoralism, Heterogeneous Data, Data Warehouse

Abstract: Pastoralism in the Mediterranean area is influenced by various issues. Livestock biological dynamics, production systems, and the availability and quality of pastoral resources (Jouven and Boquier ,2017) are important aspects that need to be mastered to improve livestock production, while being closer to consistent practices that emphasize respect for the environment, human and animal health. In order to better control animal production aspects, precision farming previously applied to intensive farms (Bocquier et al 2014, Bocquier and Jouven 2017) can also be adapted to extensive farming, including pastoralism, through analyzes that integrate data from various sources and natures, to describe and model agropastoral systems. These heterogeneous data, available directly from breeders and technicians, or which can be generated as a result of certain processes (GIS, remote sensing, surveys, etc.), are analyzed informally with varying success. Among the heterogeneous data analysis tools, “data warehouses” and “data lakes” offer interesting solutions with varied success. We make a choice on the data warehouse, being a tool allowing to reach a solution offering operational services directly usable by the breeders and technicians, with a view to putting in place a methodological and scientific solution allowing to cross and to analyze pastoralism data, and evaluate the contribution of this new tool for pastoral systems in the Mediterranean area.

 

Contact: urcel.kalengatshingomba [AT] agroparistech.fr

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