The project’s objective is to enhance the agricultural monitoring and the crop-production estimation capabilities of the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) using the new generation of NASA satellite observations.
FAS crop analysts use the GLAM web-based information-analysis and data-delivery system, to track the evolution of the growing season by monitoring crop conditions and tracking factors impairing agricultural productivity. To this end, GLAM developed customized web based information-analysis and data-delivery system to monitor crop conditions and to locate and track the factors impairing agricultural productivity. This system has been scaled and updated to meet the needs of various organizations around the world at regional and national scales. This system provides crop analysts with a suite of MODIS and VIIRS temporal composites of vegetation index data, false color imagery, and a dynamic crop mask. These data products are supplemented by the CHIRPS (Climate Hazards Group InfraRed Precipitation plus Station data) rainfall composites provided by the USGS Climate Hazards Group. Complementing these data products is a range of web-based analysis tools that allow analysts to interrogate these data and to drill down to the pixel level of detail. Using these data and tools analysts track the evolution of the growing season, make inter-annual comparisons of season dynamics and inform decision makers of agricultural conditions and impediments to worldwide food-security.