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This paper outlines the operational feasibility of very early earth resource satellite (ERS) synthetic aperture radar (SAR) based acreage estimation of noncultivated terrain (set-aside), fallow, bare soils) and economically important crops. This experiment has been carried out in a preoperational real-time environment (rapid data order, acquisition, delivery, processing and exploitation). Its results have been used as a support to the Rapid Estimates of the European MARS (Monitoring of Agriculture with Remote Sensing) project in March 1995, before the first optical images could be acquired. They are confronted here with the first SPOT based estimates from the MARS project, obtained 2 months later.

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Authors: NEZRY E, JRC Ispra (IT);GENOVESE G, JRC Ispra (IT);SOLAAS G, ESA Frascati (IT);REMONDIERE S, ESA Frascati (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: 2nd ERS Applications Workshop, London (GB), December 6-8, 1995
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 39493 ORA
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