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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Evaluating & Predicting H2o Consumption by Irrigated Agriculture in Israel & Us: Inverse Biophysical Modeling Utilizing Spaceborne Imagery

Location: Water Management and Conservation Research

Project Number: 5347-13660-007-14
Project Type: Reimbursable

Start Date: Oct 01, 2012
End Date: Sep 30, 2015

Objective:
The proposed project is to develop a new remote sensing and biophysical modeling approach for detecting agricultural lands in semi-arid regions and quantifying effects of climate, crop and soil types, and irrigation efficiencies upon water consumed.

Approach:
The research will implemented in four main parts: 1) Development of a new, integrated satellite and model-based approach for detecting irrigated agriculture in arid lands, 2) Development of derived satellite-based observations needed for implementation of a water-use biophysical model, 3) Refine, validate, and expand biophysical modeling results from multiple local sites in the United States and Israel to be applied over large scales, 4) Utilize results from step 3 to evaluate the implications for future agricultural production based on realistic scenarios for climate and land use changes.

Last Modified: 10/1/2014
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