The power of remote sensing: Global monitoring of weather, water, and crops with satellites and data integration

Resource: Engineering and Technology for a Sustainable World
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Abstract

Imagine a family of six whose livelihood is based on subsistence farming on a small, maybe one hectare, parcel of land somewhere in Africa. The seasonal rainfall varies greatly, from 500 to 800 mm per year, and the land is degraded. Thus, the parcel’s total productivity is not more than 1.5 tonnes in a good year, hardly meeting the family’s food requirements. The lack of surplus grain eliminates the need for grain storage structures, and due to the high rainfall variability, drought hazard is always looming, with an average recurrence interval of five to ten years.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title The power of remote sensing: Global monitoring of weather, water, and crops with satellites and data integration
Series title Resource: Engineering and Technology for a Sustainable World
Volume 23
Issue 2
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description 4 p.
First page 6
Last page 9