The Agriculture national application extends NASA Earth science observations and predictive models to improve decision making capabilities concerning agricultural resource management. The application addresses agricultural issues related to crop production, yield, and condition, drawing on Earth observations such as land cover and land use, precipitation, vegetation condition, and water availability.
In the near term, the program is validating and benchmarking observations from MODIS and TRMM (e.g., vegetation conditions, surface temperature, snow cover, wildfire location and intensity, and precipitation) for incorporation into operational decision-support tools of the FAS, the National Agricultural Statistics Service, and the Forest Service.
Within the next decade, the program will work to extend products from new systems (e.g., NPP and NPOESS), which advance the operational utility of MODIS-type acquisitions, and products from NASA experimental instruments (e.g., OCO, GPM, Aquarius) that will improve the timeliness and accuracy of predictive models.
NASA partners with Federal agencies and national organizations that have agricultural management responsibilities and mandates to understand variability in weather and climate and their effects on agricultural resource management. Primary partners are USDA and NOAA.
Point of Contact for NASA Agriculture Applied Sciences Program:
Program Scientist, Agriculture
Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate
Mail Suite 3K74
300 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20546-0001
Telephone: +1 202 358-2187
Facsimile:1 202 358-3098