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Remote sensing for developing world agriculture: opportunities and areas for technical development
Author(s): Mark N. Jeunnette; Douglas P. Hart
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Paper Abstract

A parameterized numerical model is constructed to compare platform options for collecting aerial imagery to support agriculture electronic information services in developing countries like India. A sensitivity analysis shows that when Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, UAVs, are limited in flight altitude by regulations, the velocity and altitude available to manned aircraft lead to a lower cost of operation at altitudes greater than 2000ft above ground level, AGL. If, however, the UAVs are allowed to fly higher, they become cost-competitive once again at approximately 1000ft AGL or higher. Examination of assumptions in the model highlights two areas for additional technology development: baseline-dependent feature-based image registration to enable wider area coverage, and reflectance reconstruction for ratio-based agriculture indices.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 October 2016
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 9998, Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology XVIII, 99980Y (25 October 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2241321
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Mark N. Jeunnette, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Douglas P. Hart, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9998:
Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology XVIII
Christopher M. U. Neale; Antonino Maltese, Editor(s)

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