Case studies
Crop Monitoring in West Africa and Russia
INTRO
Objectives and Team
Approach
Testing of SWI-behaviour
Crop performance in West Africa
Yield Modelling and Calibration for Russia
Conclusions and recommendations
Exploitation of results


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SCATYIELD: CROP MONITORING IN CIS AND WEST AFRICA 1998-2000

The SCATYIELD project has been a follow-up for the SCATMALI project, executed in 1998 under the ESA Data User Programme. Under this project, topsoil humidity and soil profile water indices were derived from ERS-scatterometer signals for Mali in West Africa. From these data local and regional dry spells and their impact on crop development were identified and validated in the field during the growing season of 1998. Also the estimates for regional planting dates derived from scatterometer measurements matched the observations in the field. In conclusion, as the first demonstration of an innovative method of backscatter signal processing, promising results were obtained.
In the SCATYIELD project the developed methods were to be tested over a larger area in Africa and a second area in Russia. Secondly, the developed methods to detect crop stress during specific moments of the growing season were to be integrated into new methods for end-of season yield estimations. These methods were to be operationalised into service demonstrators. The results obtained should be presented to potential customers and a business plan for the exploitation of results was to be prepared.
SCATYIELD has been executed in the framework of the ESA Data User Programme, 1998.