Challenge: An app to determine what produce to grow and when given the soil type and current seasonal conditions
The aim of this application is to get more people involved in and enthusiastic about growing produce using the available space in their gardens, school/ university grounds or work places that is not currently being used to its potential. The output of this development will be a map, click-able by region, that enables people to see quickly and with ease when the optimal time for planting seeds is in their local area, and what can be planted, dependent on local soil type. It will be updated dependent on the current weather and expected seasonal weather conditions.
This will make use of climatological trends, recent seasonal weather and current weather conditions. Satellite derived evapotranspiration and other data would also be useful for some countries.
High resolution geological maps showing soil type.
Other land data would also be useful:
- Details of who owns open spaces of land – e.g. from the Land Registry data in the UK.
- Is the land contaminated in any way?
Google maps or Google Earth could possibly be used to provide an easily accessible and option driven interface. This mapping option means that the application could be extended to any region of the world using the same underlying format.
We will require the participation of people with the following knowledge for the initial application development:
- What can be grown in different soil types?
- What temperature ranges/ weather conditions are required for different produce?
- Impacts of year to year climate variability on the growing season.
- How to best use and update weather data within the application.
- How data can be overlaid interactively on maps.
- Local knowledge from gardening enthusiasts could also contribute well, with growing tips/ advice added to each click-able region.
Within the final application, instead of replicating the soil type product or the weather/ climatology data, it may be best to extract from this data the key information that would be useful and easy to interpret by the public.
It would be ideal if the user could zoom and click on their local area (possibly even their own back garden), right click with the mouse and be presented with a menu of categories with the different produce they can grow, and when they should start planting and harvesting. This could also be done by the user entering their post code.
It would be great to make it an interactive application, with local produce growing enthusiasts contributing to a database of easily accessible and categorised tips/ advice resulting from their gardening experiences (a Wiki type interface could possibly be used for this).
Possible follow on application
Graphs with historical climate trends and over-plotted optimal growing times could also be produced. This could be used as a simple way of people seeing how year to year changes have affected the growing seasons. Such mapping could also link into migration trends of insects, and how such trends are likely to affect the ability to grow crops.
Collaboration PadPublic Etherpad (read-only)
Login to view editable etherpad
- Balz M.Attending Space Apps Challenge San Francisco (TechShop Members Only)
- Samantha S.Attending Space Apps Challenge San Francisco
- Dean Marc C.Attending Space Apps Challenge Virtual Participation
- Shaunak V.Attending Space Apps Challenge San Francisco
- Michael S.Attending Space Apps Challenge Exeter
- Jeanne H.Attending Space Apps Challenge Virtual Participation
- Emma B.Attending Space Apps Challenge Exeter
- Amit K.Attending Space Apps Challenge Oxford
- Selena G.Attending Space Apps Challenge Exeter
- Keith A.Attending Space Apps Challenge Exeter
- Mohsen K.Attending Space Apps Challenge Melbourne
- Pedro B.Attending Space Apps Challenge Santiago
- Martin S.Attending Space Apps Challenge Exeter
- Robert D.Attending Space Apps Challenge Exeter
- Sergio C.Attending Space Apps Challenge Santo Domingo
- Steven C.Attending Space Apps Challenge Exeter
- Cameron C.Attending Space Apps Challenge New York
- Gustavo L.Attending Space Apps Challenge Santiago
- Herlambang S.Attending Space Apps Challenge Jakarta
- Carlos K.Attending Space Apps Challenge Miami
- Jeff W.Attending Space Apps Challenge San Francisco
- Hanna B.Attending Space Apps Challenge Virtual Participation
- Jules F.Attending Space Apps Challenge Dublin
- Anne C.Attending Space Apps Challenge Virtual Participation
- Amit R.Attending Space Apps Challenge San Francisco (TechShop Members Only)
- Andi D.Attending Space Apps Challenge Virtual Participation
- Martha S.Attending Space Apps Challenge Exeter
- Lesley R.Attending Space Apps Challenge Exeter
- Kaizen S.Attending Space Apps Challenge Montreal
- Jake C.Attending Space Apps Challenge Virtual Participation
- Selena Georgiou/Met Office UK