2013 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
Develop a set of reflectance-based models for estimating percent cover using high resolution satellite data in the Texas High Plains.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
Ground truth data on percent cover will be collected from 30-40 fields in the USDA-ARS Conservation and Production Research Laboratory, Bushland, Texas, during the 2010 summer cropping season. A GPS will be used to identify the geographic location of the ground truth location. Data collection will be coincided with RapidEye satellite overpasses. A digital camera will be used to acquire photographs of the crops at nadir position. Digital photos will be classified into two categories to calculate percent cover using Multispec image processing system. Finally, spectral reflectance values for the ground truthing location will be extracted from the RapidEye images with a pixel size of 7.5 x 7.5 m to develop and evaluate a set of statistical models for estimating percent cover.
This main objective of this non-funded cooperative agreement was to develop a set of reflectance-based models for estimating percent cover using high resolution satellite data in the Texas High Plains. Satellite data for the 2010 summer cropping season was provided by the cooperator. ARS scientist conducted ground-truth survey during the satellite overpasses and developed a set of reflectance models for estimating percent cover and chlorophyll content of major summer crops in the Texas High Plains. Objective of this agreement was completely met and therefore the agreement was terminated on July 31, 2013.