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The European Commission (EC) approved the creation of a 10 year research and development project for the application of remote sensing to agricultural statistics. This project is commonly referred to as the MARS-STAT Project. Its main activities relate to the quantitative estimation of the acreages occupied by the various crops in a given region or country, vegetation and crop state monitoring, timely crop yield forecasting of mean crop yields per country and the rapid and timely estimation of the EU's total production of the most important crops. Part of the activities, mainly the ones related to crop inventories and rapid estimates of planted areas, are operational and have been transferred to the member states and the EC's Directorate General Agriculture. In this paper, the methods, results as well as examples of outputs of the various activities are presented and an evaluation is made of their state of advancement and the needs for improvement or further development. Future perspectives, mainly related to the integrated use of the various actions into one advanced agricultural information system and for the development of a system for foreign crop production forecasting are indicated.

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Authors: VOSSEN P, IRSA/SIA - Systèmes d'Information Agricole (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: GIM International Journal for Geomatics (1996)
Record Number: 199610568 / Last updated on: 1996-05-27
Original language: en
Available languages: en