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This paper presents two uses of GIS in the Institute for Remote Sensing Applications at the Joint Research Centre, which are environmental mapping and modelling (EMAP) and monitoring of agriculture by remote sensing (MARS). EMAP's use of GIS is primarily in the area of land resource mapping, particularly in the marginal areas of Europe. GIS is being investigated as a tool to be used in conjunction with image processing and other techniques such as neural networks. The division is also involved in modelling of head-water systems and assessment of erosion risk. MARS uses the Arc/Info GIS as the driver for its agro-meteorological models. These semi-deterministic models produce 10-day bulletins of meteorological and crop conditions on the basis of daily weather statistics from 700 stations across Europe, pedologic and topographic information, and a knowledge base of crop parameters. The system is also used as a means of incorporating ancillary map information into image processing for land stratification.

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Authors: BURRILL A, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: GIS - Agriculture Resources Evaluation and Exploitation, Genova (IT), November 30 - December 4, 1992
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 37278 ORA
Record Number: 199310569 / Last updated on: 1994-11-29
Original language: en
Available languages: en