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Big Data in Bioeconomy

Results from the European DataBio Project

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

  • Explains how Big Data Technology can make raw material gathering more efficient and sustainable

  • Shows how common software models can be designed to serve three example sectors in a bioeconomy

  • Highlights the use of cloud servers to store and exchange earth observation and sensor data

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Table of contents (33 chapters)

  1. Applications in Agriculture

    1. Smart Farming for Sustainable Agricultural Production

      • Savvas Rogotis, Nikolaos Marianos
      Pages 191-205Open Access
    2. Genomic Prediction and Selection in Support of Sorghum Value Chains

      • Ephrem Habyarimana, Sofia Michailidou
      Pages 207-218Open Access
    3. Delineation of Management Zones Using Satellite Imageries

      • Karel Charvát, Vojtěch Lukas, Karel Charvát Jr., Šárka Horáková
      Pages 235-245Open Access
    4. Farm Weather Insurance Assessment

      • Antonella Catucci, Alessia Tricomi, Laura De Vendictis, Savvas Rogotis, Nikolaos Marianos
      Pages 247-263Open Access
    5. Copernicus Data and CAP Subsidies Control

      • Olimpia Copăcenaru, Adrian Stoica, Antonella Catucci, Laura De Vendictis, Alessia Tricomi, Savvas Rogotis et al.
      Pages 265-290Open Access
    6. Future Vision, Summary and Outlook

      • Ephrem Habyarimana
      Pages 291-296Open Access
  2. Applications in Forestry

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 297-297
    2. Finnish Forest Data-Based Metsää

      • Virpi Stenman
      Pages 309-319Open Access
    3. Forest Variable Estimation and Change Monitoring Solutions Based on Remote Sensing Big Data

      • Jukka Miettinen, Stéphanie Bonnet, Allan A. Nielsen, Seppo Huurinainen, Renne Tergujeff
      Pages 321-333Open Access
    4. Monitoring Forest Health: Big Data Applied to Diseases and Plagues Control

      • Adrian Navarro, María Jose Checa, Francisco Lario, Laura Luquero, Asunción Roldán, Jesús Estrada
      Pages 335-349Open Access
    5. Monitoring of Bark Beetle Forest Damages

      • Petr Lukeš
      Pages 351-361Open Access
    6. Conclusions and Outlook—Summary of Big Data in Forestry

      • Jukka Miettinen, Renne Tergujeff
      Pages 363-367Open Access
  3. Applications in Fishery

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 369-369
    2. The Potential of Big Data for Improving Pelagic Fisheries Sustainability

      • Karl-Johan Reite, Jose A. Fernandes, Zigor Uriondo, Iñaki Quincoces
      Pages 371-376Open Access
    3. Tuna Fisheries Fuel Consumption Reduction and Safer Operations

      • Jose A. Fernandes, Zigor Uriondo, Igor Granado, Iñaki Quincoces
      Pages 377-388Open Access
    4. Sustainable and Added Value Small Pelagics Fisheries Pilots

      • Karl-Johan Reite, J. Haugen, F. A. Michelsen, K. G. Aarsæther
      Pages 389-409Open Access
    5. Conclusions and Future Vision on Big Data in Pelagic Fisheries Sustainability

      • Jose A. Fernandes, Karl-Johan Reite
      Pages 411-414Open Access
  4. Summary and Outlook

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 415-415

About this book

This edited open access book presents the comprehensive outcome of The European DataBio Project, which examined new data-driven methods to shape a bioeconomy. These methods are used to develop new and sustainable ways to use forest, farm and fishery resources. As a European initiative, the goal is to use these new findings to support decision-makers and producers – meaning farmers, land and forest owners and fishermen.

With their 27 pilot projects from 17 countries, the authors examine important sectors and highlight examples where modern data-driven methods were used to increase sustainability. How can farmers, foresters or fishermen use these insights in their daily lives? The authors answer this and other questions for our readers. The first four parts of this book give an overview of the big data technologies relevant for optimal raw material gathering. The next three parts put these technologies into perspective, by showing useable applications from farming, forestry and fishery. The final part of this book gives a summary and a view on the future.

With its broad outlook and variety of topics, this book is an enrichment for students and scientists in bioeconomy, biodiversity and renewable resources.


  • Data-driven bioeconomy
  • big data
  • artificial intelligence
  • agriculture
  • forestry
  • earth observation
  • satellite images
  • fishery
  • open access

Editors and Affiliations

  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo, Finland

    Caj Södergård

  • University of West Bohemia, Plzen, Czech Republic

    Tomas Mildorf

  • Consiglio per la Ricerca in Agricoltura e l’Analisi dell’Economia Agraria (CREA), Rome, Italy

    Ephrem Habyarimana

  • SINTEF, Oslo, Norway

    Arne J. Berre

  • AZTI, Marine Research, Basque Research and Technology Alliance (BRTA), Pasaia, Gipuzkoa, Spain

    Jose A. Fernandes

  • Institut für Angewandte Informatik, Leipzig University, Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany

    Christian Zinke-Wehlmann

About the editors

About the Editors:

Dr Caj Södergård is Research Professor at VTT and Dr. Tech. from Helsinki University of Technology. He has worked as machine vision designer at Decon Oy and as Scientist, Senior Scientist and Area Manager at VTT. He has focused on processing and analysis of big data in media, learning, nutrition, environment and bioeconomy. He has 260 publications and 5 patents. He was in the European High Level Expert Group on Open Science Cloud. He is on the Board for Big Data Value Association and was Chair of the European Big Data Value Forum 2019. He was Technical Manager of DataBio.

 Dr Tomas Mildorf is a researcher at the Department of Geomatics at the University of West Bohemia, Czech Republic. Tomas is responsible for European research projects, their management and scientific lead. The main thematic domains include agriculture, rural development, transport and spatial planning. Tomas is the chairman of the Plan4all association and is involved in activities of the Group on Earth Observations, Big Data Value Association and the Open Geospatial Consortium.

 Dr Ephrem Habyarimana, Ir, MS, MS, MASt, PhD, a Research Scientist at CREA, Italy, has documented skills and expertise of more than 25 years in agronomy, crop science, genetics and plant breeding integrating diverse technologies i.e., agroecological and genomic modelling, big data analytics e.g., phenomics, genomics for the sustainable crop improvement. He trained in North and Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe, authored 40+ scientific papers; is inventor: DeepTech innovations, European DataSci & Artificial Intelligence Awards finalist, co-author of 5 sorghum varieties.

 Dr. Arne J. Berre is Chief Scientist at SINTEF Digital and is Innovation Director at the Norwegian Center for AI Innovation (NorwAI). His PhD is from NTNU in 1993 is on the topic of Systems Interoperability.  He is the leader of the BDVA TF6 on Technical priorities and is involved in ISO SC42 on AI and Big Data.  He was responsible for the platform reference model in the DataBio project. He has been in the technical lead of more than 20 European projects and has more than 100 scientific publications.

 Dr. Jose A. Fernandes is a scientist from computing and artificial intelligence studies with the skills and experience needed to translate the data into valuable information for marine research. These skills are curiosity, multidisciplinary communicative, biological, oceanographic, economic, statistics and machine learning expertise. Current line of research is about mitigation of impacts and long-term sustainability of fisheries using the above skills. He has over 120 publications, 40 in scientific publications in high impact journals.

 Dr Christian Zinke-Wehlmann is a research group leader for “Efficient Technology Integration” at the Institute for Applied Informatics at the University of Leipzig. Working at the edge of technology, work, and service systems, he became a doctor in 2017. His research concentrates on Linked Data, Data Analytics, Data Visualisation, Service Engineering and Management, as well as Knowledge Management. This expertise is represented in this publication and in more than 40 other publications. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Big Data in Bioeconomy

  • Book Subtitle: Results from the European DataBio Project

  • Editors: Caj Södergård, Tomas Mildorf, Ephrem Habyarimana, Arne J. Berre, Jose A. Fernandes, Christian Zinke-Wehlmann

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2021

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-71068-2Published: 14 August 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-71071-2Published: 14 August 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-71069-9Published: 13 August 2021

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVI, 423

  • Number of Illustrations: 9 b/w illustrations, 183 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Forestry, Agricultural Economics, Big Data, Resource and Environmental Economics

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)