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Integration of drought monitoring with remote sensing into the global drought information system
Author(s): Jinlong Fan; Mingwei Zhang; Guangzheng Cao; Xiaoyu Zhang; Jianjun Wu
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Paper Abstract

Drought occurs everywhere in the world and is one of the costliest natural hazards. The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) has advocated implementing a Global Drought Early Warning System (GDEWS) since 2007. Various indices have been developed and used to depict drought. According to the survey, various drought monitoring system with remote sensing at regional, national or local level are existing, but the integration with the drought system based on the weather station data, in particular at the global level is still weak. However, the GEO Global Agricultural Monitoring Initiative was recognized by the G20 agricultural ministers and will enhance the linkage between GEO-GLAM and GDEWS. The capability for a component of drought monitoring with remote sensing is there in place. MODIS data have been used to globally track the distribution of crop failures due to droughts. In China, the Chinese meteorological satellite, FY is also ready to monitoring drought globally. MERSI onboard FY-3 is similar with MODIS and helpful to monitor the occurrence, development of drought at different scales. JRC MARS issues periodical bulletin on agricultural conditions. Agricultural Division of Statistics, Canada issues weekly crop condition reports. In India, the biweekly drought bulletin and monthly reports is issued under National Agricultural Drought Assessment and Monitoring System (NADAMS). Similar program is followed in many countries world-wide. The informed information of drought is helpful for governmental officials and formers to in advance prepare for coping with the likely coming drought. The global efforts should be in place to promote the global drought information system with a remote sensing drought component.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 October 2012
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8531, Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology XIV, 85311K (23 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.971441
Show Author Affiliations
Jinlong Fan, National Satellite Meteorological Ctr. (China)
Mingwei Zhang, National Satellite Meteorological Ctr. (China)
Guangzheng Cao, National Satellite Meteorological Ctr. (China)
Xiaoyu Zhang, Ninxia Institute of Meteorological Sciences (China)
Jianjun Wu, Beijing Normal Univ. (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8531:
Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology XIV
Christopher M. U. Neale; Antonino Maltese, Editor(s)

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