USDA Black Carbon Initiative: A Portfolio of Proposed Activities
Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory
Project Number: 1245-12660-013-07
Start Date: Dec 01, 2010
End Date: Sep 30, 2014
Interactions with Russian agricultural scientific exchange scholars will be used to gather information from agronomic experts in the wheat producing regions of Russia as a means to identify opportunities for use of cultural practices that reduce the need for fires. Remote sensing approaches will be used to identity wheat producing fields in the region and detection of burn areas will be used to estimate extent of agricultural burning.
ARS will use MODIS and AWFiS imagery to identify wheat producing fields in the region based on phenology. The resulting classification along with detection of burn areas will be used to estimate the percentage of field subject to burning. A visiting scientist or post doctoral fellow will conduct this research.