Title: The Use of Remote Sensing Within the Mars Crop Yield Monitoring System of the European Commission
Citation: The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Congress Beijing 2008 - ISSN 1682-1750 vol. XXXVII p. 935-940
Publisher: International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS)
Publication Year: 2008
JRC N°: JRC34236
URI: http://www.isprs.org/proceedings/XXXVII/congress/8_pdf/10_WG-VIII-10/02.pdf
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The objective of the Mars Crop Yield Forecasting Systems is to provide precise, scientific, traceable independent and timely forecasts for the main crops yields at EU level. The forecasts and analysis are used since 2001 as a benchmark by analysts from DG – Agriculture and Rural Development in charge of food balance estimates. The system is supported by the use of Remote Sensing data, namely SPOT-VEGETATION, NOAA-AVHRR, MSG-SEVIRI, MODIS TERRA / ACQUA and in the future ENVISAT MERIS too. So a broad spectrum from low to medium resolution data at pan-European level is covered and historical time series go back to 1987 for NOAA and 1998 for SPOT VEGETATION. In order to work with the data operationally, processing chains have been set-up to make the data consistent with our requirements concerning near real time delivery (3 days), spatial coverage (pan-Europe), projection and ten day time steps. Moreover tailored indicators like NDVI, SAVI, DMP and fAPAR are derived. The data is explored at full resolution or unmixed related to landcover types and aggregated at administrative NUTS 2 level (profile analysis of time series). Special tools to inspect and distribute the data to external users have been developed as well.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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