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Agricultural Meteorology Programme (AgMP) – 95
User Requirements for Satellite and Other Remote-Sensing Information in the Field of Agricultural Meteorology
This report presents the current remote sensing technology that is applicable to the field of agricultural meteorology. The information presented is applicable for monitoring and assessment of agricultural crops and grasslands and their impact on agricultural production at regional and national levels. The remote sensing technology is accessible to both developed and developing countries and the cost for acquiring the imageries and data from orbiting and geostationary satellite systems have been reduced over the past decade. Some of the imagery is now available without cost to the global user community and they will be identified in this report. However, there is still a great need for training of technical personnel to develop products that are usable to the farmers and managers. The interpretation and timely access to remote sensing products for use in agriculture is lagging behind the development of sensors and the acquisition of data. This report discusses the various types of satellite data that are currently available and examples are provided from different regions of the world that are presently using this technology.
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