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The GEOGLAM Crop Monitor for AMIS

Crop condition map synthesizing information for all four AMIS crops as of August 28th, 2018. Crop conditions over the main growing areas for wheat, maize, rice, and soybean are based on a combination of national and regional crop analyst inputs along with earth observation data. Crops that are in other than favourable conditions are displayed on the map with their crop symbol.
Crop condition map synthesizing information for all four AMIS crops as of August 28th, 2018. Crop conditions over the main growing areas for wheat, maize, rice, and soybean are based on a combination of national and regional crop analyst inputs along with earth observation data. Crops that are in other than favourable conditions are displayed on the map with their crop symbol.
What We Do

This project brings together international partners on a monthly bases to develop a convergence of evidence-based assessment on current crop conditions in the major producer and exporter countries for the four main global food crops (wheat, maize, rice, and soybeans) and provide a report to AMIS.

Location

Global, AMIS countries: G20 countries plus 7 other major producing and exporting countries

How Satellites Make This Work

Since September 2013 this project has been bringing together close to 40 international partners from global, regional and national monitoring systems on a monthly bases to share and discuss information from a variety of independent complementary sources to reach a convergence of evidence-based assessment on current crop conditions in the major producer and exporter countries for the four main global food crops (wheat, maize, rice, and soybeans) and provide a report to AMIS. Information types included earth observations-based vegetation indices, agro-meteorological data, crop model outputs and field reports. In this project, University of Maryland (UMD) combined global EO-based indices with crop masks and crop calendars to identify potential areas of concern prior to the end of the growing season. National and international experts including representatives from ministries of agriculture, hydromet centers, space agencies, and universities participated in the assessments and provided input datasets and expert assessments to confirm the hotspots and provide specific details on the growing conditions.

 

Satellites instruments used to gather this information include MODIS, ATOVS, SMOS, SMAP, ASCAT, TIRS, TRMM

Lead
Inbal Becker-Reshef, University of Maryland
Team Members
Michael Humber, University of Maryland
Ritvik Sahajpal, University of Maryland
Brian Barker, University of Maryland
Christina Jade Justice, University of Maryland
Christopher Justice, University of Maryland
Estefania Puricelli, University of Maryland
Antonio Sanchez, University of Maryland
Learn More

The GEOGLAM Crop Monitor for Early Warning (CM4EW) was developed in response to the pressing need for enhanced early warning of crop shortfalls and for better coordination across the various agencies responsible for crop assessments in regions most at risk to food insecurity.

Crop Monitor online