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Action 2 of the remote sensing programme is concerned with the continental monitoring of vegetation condition using AVHRR. This paper discusses the objectives and progress of this Action and its integration into the agricultural information system. Coarse spatial resolution means that crop monitoring must rely on high temporal resolution and the comparison of time profiles with those of previous years. Long time series can only be obtained by inter-calibration of the different instruments used. The data must be geometricallly corrected to high precision and the radiometric effect of the atmosphere removed. To produce near-real time results, highly automated preprocessing is required. The software from this programme may be incorporated into SHARK and distributed to the ESRIN-associated receiving stations for routine preprocessing of AVHRR data. The resulting archive will be available on optical disc.

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Authors: SHARMAN M, JRC Ispra, Institute for Remote Sensing Applications, 21020 Ispra (VA) (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Monitoring Crop Condition and Potential Yield: Action 2 of the European Community's Pilot Project of Remote Sensing Applied to Agricultural Statistics, Rotenburg (DE), Sept. 5-8, 1989
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 35018 ORA
Record Number: 198911107 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en