Title: Chapter 4: Agriculture
Publisher: CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC98789
ISBN: 978-1-4822-1795-7
URI: https://www.crcpress.com/Land-Resources-Monitoring-Modeling-and-Mapping-with-Remote-Sensing/PhD/9781482217957
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Although the focus of remote sensing has broadened over the years, agriculture is still important as shown by the large—and increasing—number of publications dealing with remote sensing and agriculture. Not surprisingly, most remote sensing scientific conferences have at least one session dealing with agriculture. The importance of remote sensing in agriculture stems from the fact that agricultural activities face specific challenges not common to other economic sectors. As a result, agricultural activities have to be monitored from local to global scales at high temporal frequency. In recent years, we observed an increased use of remote sensing data and related technologies in agricultural production systems. First, remote sensing data have found their entrance in precision farming aiming to increase agricultural efficiency. Second, remote sensing is also a very valuable tool for monitoring agricultural expansion (e.g., following deforestation). Finally, by providing timely, comprehensive, objective, transparent, accurate, and unbiased data, remotely derived information can eventually prevent excessive market speculation and resulting price spikes.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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