2nd Edition

Remote Sensing Handbook, Volume III Agriculture, Food Security, Rangelands, Vegetation, Phenology, and Soils

Edited By Prasad S. Thenkabail Copyright 2025
    824 Pages 213 Color & 44 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Volume III of the Remote Sensing Handbook, Second Edition, is focused on agriculture, food security, vegetation, phenology, rangelands, soils, and global biomass modeling, mapping, and monitoring using multi-sensor remote sensing. It discusses the application of remote sensing in agriculture systems analysis, phenology, cropland mapping and modelling, terrestrial vegetation studies, physically based models, food and water security, precision farming, crop residues, global view of rangelands, and soils. This thoroughly revised and updated volume draws on the expertise of a diverse array of leading international authorities in remote sensing and provides an essential resource for researchers at all levels interested in using remote sensing. It integrates discussions of remote sensing principles, data, methods, development, applications, and scientific and social context.


    • Provides the most up-to-date comprehensive coverage of remote sensing science in agriculture, vegetation, and soil studies.
    • Discusses and analyzes data from old and new generation of satellites and sensors spread across 60 years.
    • Provides comprehensive assessment of modelling, mapping, and monitoring agricultural crops, vegetation, and soils from wide array of sensors, methods, and techniques.
    • Includes numerous case studies on advances and applications at local, regional, andglobal scale.
    • Introduces advanced methods in remote sensing such as machine learning, cloud computing, and AI.
    • Highlights scientific achievements over the last decade and provides guidance for future developments.

    This volume is an excellent resource for the entire remote sensing and GIS community. Academics, researchers, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as practitioners, decision-makers, and policymakers, will benefit from the expertise of the professionals featured in this book, and their extensive knowledge of new and emerging trends.

    Part I: Vegetation and Biomass

     1. Measuring Photosynthesis Productivity from Space

    Alfredo Huete, Guillermo Ponce-Campos, Yongguang Zhang, et al.

     2. Remote Sensing of Solar-Induced Chlorophyll Fluorescence

    Juan Quiros-Vargas, Bastian Siegmann, Juliane Bendig,et al.

     3. Canopy Biophysical Variables Retrieval from the Inversion of Reflectance Models

    Frédéric Baret

     4. Agricultural Crop Biophysical and Biochemical Quantity Retrievals using Remote Sensing with Multi-Sensor

    Lea Hallik, Egidijus Šarauskis, Ruchita Ingle,et al.

     5. Agriculture

    Clement Atzberger and Markus Immitzer

     Part II: Agricultural Croplands

     6. Agricultural Systems Studies using Remote Sensing

    Agnès Bégué, Damien Arvor, Camille Lelong, et al.

     7. Global Food Security Support Analysis Data (GFSAD) at Nominal 1-km derived from Remote Sensing in Support of Food Security in the Twenty-first Century: Current Achievements and Future Possibilities

    Pardhasaradhi Teluguntla, Prasad S. Thenkabail, Jun Xiong,et al. 

     8. Remote Sensing for Precision Agriculture    

    Yuxin Miao, David J. Mulla, and Yanbo Huang

     9. Remote Sensing of Tillage Status

    Baojuan Zheng, James B. Campbell, Guy Serbin, et al.

     Part III: Rangelands

     10. Hyperspectral Remote Sensing for Terrestrial Applications

    Prasad S. Thenkabail, Itiya Aneece, Pardhasaradhi Teluguntla, et al.

     11. A Global View of Remote Sensing of Rangelands: Evolution, Applications, Future Pathways

    Matthew C. Reeves, Robert Washington-Allen, Jay Angerer, et al.

     12. Remote Sensing of Rangeland Biodiversity

    E. Raymond Hunt Jr, Cuizhen Wang, D. Terrance Booth, et al.

     Part IV: Phenology and Food Security

     13. Characterization, Mapping, and Monitoring of Rangelands: Methods and Approaches

    Lalit Kumar, Priyakant Sinha, Jesslyn F Brown, et al.

     Part V: Soils

     14. Global Land Surface Phenology and Implications for Food Security

    Molly E Brown, Kirsten de Beurs, and Kathryn Grace

     15. Spectral Sensing from Ground to Space in Soil Science: State of the Art, Applications, Potential and Perspectives

    José A. M. Demattê, Cristine L. S. Morgan, Sabine Chabrillat, et al.

     16. Remote Sensing of Soil in the Optical Domains

    Eyal Ben-Dor and José Alexandre M. Demattê

     Part VI: Summary and Synthesis for Volume III

     17. Remote Sensing Handbook, Vol III: Agriculture, Food Security, Rangelands, Vegetation, Phenology, and Soils

    Prasad Thenkabail


    Dr. Prasad S. Thenkabail, Senior Scientist (ST), United States Geological Survey (USGS), is a world-recognized expert in remote sensing science with major contributions in the field for nearly 40 years. He has made the list of the world’s top 1% of scientists across 22 scientific fields and 176 sub-fields. Dr. Thenkabail has conducted pioneering research in hyperspectral remote sensing of vegetation, global croplands, and their water use for food security. He obtained his PhD from the Ohio State University in 1992 and has 168 peer-reviewed publications including 15 books, including this six-volume set, and over 15 major data releases such as the Landsat-derived global cropland extent product @ 30m and Landsat-derived rainfed and irrigated cropland area product @ 30 m (LGRIP30). He was recognized as a Fellow of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) in 2023. His scientific papers have won several awards for demonstrating world-class, highest-quality research. He was a Landsat Science Team Member (2007-2011).