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NASA Agriculture Activities

Harvest is the Agriculture program of NASA Applied Sciences, however a number of research projects and activities related to different aspects of agriculture can be found in other parts of the NASA Earth Sciences Division, for example under NASA Research and Analysis Program elements, other elements of the Applied Sciences Program, and at the NASA Centers. Similarly, NASA has a number of space-based instruments useful for agriculture and is generating data sets related to agriculture. These are highlighted below:


    nasa ag activities

    Water Resources Program

    Western Water Applications (WWAO)



    Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET)



    Land Cover Land Use Change Program (LCLUC)

    Characterizing Field-Scale Water Use, Phenology and Productivity in Agricultural Landscapes Using Multi-Sensor Data Fusion
    The Agrarian Transition in Mainland Southeast Asia: Changes in Rice Farming - 1995 to 2018
    Monitoring Abandoned Agriculture, Fallow Fields, and Grasslands with Landsat and Sentinel-2
    Comprehensive Analysis of Thirty Years of Land Change in Georgia: Patterns, Carbon Dynamics and Drivers
    An Operational Multisource Land Surface Phenology Product from Landsat and Sentinel 2
    Crop Yield Assessment and Mapping by a Combined use of Landsat-8, Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-1 Images
    The Future of Food Security in India: Can Farmers Adapt to Environmental Change?
    Understanding Changes in Agricultural Land Use and Land Cover in the Breadbasket Area of the Ganges Basin 2000-2015: A Socioeconomic-Ecological Analysis
    Landscapes In Flux: The Influence of Demographic Change and Institutional Mechanisms on Land Cover Change, Climate Adaptability and Food Security in Rural India

    Hydrological Sciences

    Remote Sensing Etimate of Evapotranspiration Partitioning to Transpiration 17-THP17-0036
    P-Band Signals of Opportunity for Remote Sensing of Root Zone Soil Moisture and Snow 17-THP17-0058
    Root-Zone and Surface Soil Moisture Retrieval from I, P and S-band Signals of Opportunity (SoOp) Reflectometry 17-THP17-007

    Terrestrial Ecology

    Coupled Estimation of Evapotranspiration and Recharge from Remotely Sensed Land Surface Moisture and Temperature -- Farhadi (NIP 2017)
    Evaluating Crop Productivity Using Solar Induced Chlorophyll Fluorescence Measured From Ground and Space -- Frankenberg (CARBON 2016)
    Quantifying the Magnitude of Agriculturally-Induced Soil Erosion by Integrating Satellite Observations, Airborne Lidar, and Laboratory Data -- Larsen (NIP 2017)
    Improving retrievals of plant canopy variables from remote sensing data -- Levitan (NESSF 2017)
    Closing the Methane Budget for the US Corn Belt and Upper Midwest -- Millet (IDS 2016)


    NASA Centers with Ag Activities

    Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)

    Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

    Ames Research Center

    Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)

    NASA Instruments and Data for Ag


    Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)

    Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS)

    Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP)

    ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS)


    Land, Atmosphere, Near Real-time Capability for EOS (LANCE)

    Harmonized LANDSAT Sentinel-2 (HLS)