Agrometeorological Information based on Remote Sensing data

Application potentials of remote sensing techniques on resources related to some important agrometeorological services are mentioned here :

• Agriculture (crops): One basic information that remote sensing can provide to agriculture is data related to crop identification and area measurement under different types of crops, or acreage estimation. This enables us to somewhat estimate the total production by understanding the yield per unit area. Such information has far-reaching consequences in providing adequate food security.

• Forestry and vegetation mapping: Remote sensing can aid in providing a) information about the extent of forest cover and give a general idea of the types of forest cover; b) forest canopy density condition ; c) detection of forest hazards like fire, disease and excessive felling.

• Water resources : Understanding water resources is important from agricultural point of view. Water supply to agriculturally related sectors depends upon the available resources, both in terms of quantity and quality. Remote sensing data is useful in assessing water resources, irrigated area studies and its monitoring and determining potential ground water zones.

Remote sensing can also provide data related to ocean and coastal zones like identifying potential area of fish concentration, environmental degradation that takes place in coastal zones due to over exploitation, etc. Other promising areas of applications include, disaster assessment, drought monitoring, environmental monitoring, etc. all of which have advanced significantly.

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