India to try real-time crop monitoring

I have been trying to catch up on everything that’s been going on while I spent a week writing my PhD comps, and I ran across a short article about India’s Dept of Science and Technology looking to deploy a system for collecting real-time data on standing crops, which they’ve already been testing . Although this is old-hat in remote sensing, the improvements to satellite return visit times to under a day in some cases mean that you can get fresh data for daily monitoring of biomass. The Indian plan is to use a combination of data from both their own and foreign satellites, especially making use of public domain data. The interesting thing about this project is that the hope is to use the data and analyses at a variety of decision-making levels, from the central and regional governments all the way down to the local farmers’ level.