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Monitoring grasshopper and locust habitats in Sahelian Africa using GIS and remote sensing technology

International Journal of Geographical Information Systems

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https://doi.org/10.1080/02693799108927836

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Abstract

Development programmes in Sahelian Africa are beginning to use geographic information system (GIS) technology. One of the GIS and remote sensing programmes introduced to the region in the late 1980s was the use of seasonal vegetation maps made from satellite data to support grasshopper and locust control. Following serious outbreaks of these pests in 1987, the programme addressed a critical need, by national and international crop protection organizations, to monitor site-specific dynamic vegetation conditions associated with grasshopper and locust breeding. The primary products used in assessing vegetation conditions were vegetation index (greenness) image maps derived from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite imagery. Vegetation index data were integrated in a GIS with digital cartographic data of individual Sahelian countries. These near-real-time image maps were used regularly in 10 countries for locating potential grasshopper and locust habitats. The programme to monitor vegetation conditions is currently being institutionalized in the Sahel.

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Monitoring grasshopper and locust habitats in Sahelian Africa using GIS and remote sensing technology
Series title:
International Journal of Geographical Information Systems
DOI:
10.1080/02693799108927836
Volume:
5
Issue:
1
Year Published:
1991
Language:
English
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Contributing office(s):
Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description:
13 p.
First page:
123
Last page:
135