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The report presents an overview of specific subjects related to the use of remote sensing in agriculture : applications in zoning, stratification and localisation, crop inventories and crop monitoring, over temperate countries. Second generation satellites have increased the number of applications of satellite imaging. They are preferred to high altitude aerial photographs for their quality, simplicity of ordering and rapid delivery. The method for establishing crop inventories over large areas is well established. It is less certain that the method is cost effective on a yearly basis. The use of high resolution satellite data is mainly qualitative and dependent on the skills of the analyst. Such data are often used as a substitute for ground observations, to check information from NOAA - AVHRR or from agrometeorological models. There are strong limitations in combining TM and SPOT. The greatest need is to include remote sensing data in models of phenological development and water balance. The report concludes with a description of the objectives and actions of the EC pilot project of remote sensing applied to agricultural statistics.

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Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Application of Remote Sensing in Agriculture, Sutton Bonnington, Loughborough (GB), April 3-7, 1990
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 34725 ORA
Record Number: 199011485 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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