MOSOM (Mapping of Soil Organic Matter)


The organic matter is a food source for various microorganisms and plants, which is involved in key organic matter transformation processes. Also, it is an important indicator of soil quality, ecological balance and stability of the biosphere, influencing climate change on Earth.

Can you imagine being able to assess and monitor changes in organic matter in the soil in different European countries independently of expensive physical laboratories?

The MOSOM (Mapping of Soil Organic Matter)  project, which involves potential clients and partners from academia, research and industry, aims to develop a cross-European, accurate, efficient and user-friendly tool for the remote assessment of organic matter within soil.

Previously conducted feasibility studies and experiments revealed indirect dependence of topsoil organic carbon and multispectral data acquired via satellites or drones. Using this approach, accuracy that meets market demand has been achieved during locally conducted research and trails.

It will be a beyond state-of-the-art solution for soil property assessment that will form the basis for multiple future applications of the technology. The solution developed in the project is based on several different Earth Observation techniques and a unique AI-based analysis architecture.


Once the goals of the project are achieved, the MOSOM project will help to:

  • Use energy, water and land resources more sustainably;
  • Avoid plant stress;
  • Combat climate change;
  • Better understand the impact of farming methods on different soil types to prevent soil organic carbon degradation;
  • Reduce GHG emissions;
  • Increase optimization of land management;
  • Inform the public more widely regard to the current challenges of climate change and soil degradation.

Project partners

ART21 (Project lead) – a boutique innovation house delivering AgriFood Tech solutions that shape the future of agriculture and food.

Agricolus – a startup that develops solutions for Smart Farming. The core of the company is a cloud platform composed of several applications: forecast models, remote sensing, crop scouting, Decision Support Systems.

Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry – a regional authority. Its departmental research institutions are engaged in applied research, education, and extension to address the great challenges in food and bio-economic value chains.

Aarhus University – is between TOP 150 universities in the world. AU is very highly ranked within agricultural and food sciences and among the leading European universities in rankings.

Bologna University – a comprehensive research university connecting research and teaching, which invests in multidisciplinary cross-cultural. This university has a wide international network and has formed strong knowledge alliances with industries and public/private organizations.

National Research Council of Italy – the largest public research institution in Italy, with 7 thematic departments that embrace wide fields of research.

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