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Remote Sensing of Global Croplands for Food Security

1st Edition

Edited by Prasad Thenkabail, John G. Lyon, Hugh Turral, Chandrashekhar Biradar

CRC Press

524 pages | 40 Color Illus. | 198 B/W Illus.

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Increases in populations have created an increasing demand for food crops while increases in demand for biofuels have created an increase in demand for fuel crops. What has not increased is the amount of croplands and their productivity. These and many other factors such as decreasing water resources in a changing climate have created a crisis like situation in global food security. Decision makers in these situations need accurate information based on science. Remote Sensing of Global Croplands for Food Security provides a comprehensive knowledge base in use of satellite sensor-based maps and statistics that can be used to develop strategies for croplands (irrigated and rainfed) and their water use for food security.

Over 50 Multi-disciplinary Global Experts Give Insight and Provide Practical Approaches

Emphasizing practical mapping technologies based on advanced remote sensing data and methods, this book provides approaches for estimating irrigated and rainfed cropland areas and their water use on a national, continental, or global basis. Written by 50+ leading experts working at the forefront of this critical area, it offers case studies from a variety of continents highlighting the subtle requirements of each. In a very practical way it demonstrates the experience, utility, and models for determining water resources used and resulting yields of irrigated and rainfed croplands. The authors discuss: (a) innovative methods used for mapping croplands, (b) approaches adopted to collect cropland data in different countries by traditional and non-traditional means, (c) accuracies, uncertainties, and errors involved in producing cropland products, (d) surface energy balance models used to assess crop water use, and (e) extensive results and outcomes pertaining to global croplands and their water use.

Develop Strategies for an Enhanced Green Revolution and an Accelerated Blue Revolution

Linking croplands to water use and food security, the book provides a global perspective on this sensitive issue. It gives insight into the extent of cropland usage, their spatial distribution, their cropping intensities, and their water use patterns. The editors collect the experience, methods, models, and results that show the way forward and help in decision-making on water resources and food security. All of this is required for developing strategies for an enhanced green revolution and for an accelerated blue revolution.


… provides unique means for understanding and comparing different cropland mapping strategies by utilizing different satellite sensors and ancillary data sets. The chapters are well written for entry level through advanced level remote sensing or agricultural specialists, and each chapter can be read sequentially or separately. … thoroughly documents the techniques and error assessment methods utilized to develop the world's first global irrigated map derived from remote sensing data. … the numerous international authors, color plates, and national cropland statistical tables makes the book an attractive and authoritative reference for mapping global croplands from remote sensing data.

—Curt A. Reynolds, Crop Analyst, Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA, Washington, D.C., in Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, June 2010

Table of Contents

Background and History of Global Irrigated Area Maps (GIAM)

Context, Need: The Need and Scope for Mapping Global Irrigated and Rain-Fed Areas

Hugh Turral, Prasad S. Thenkabail, John G. Lyon, and

Chandrashekhar M. Biradar

A History of Irrigated Areas of the World

Y.J. Li, Prasad S. Thenkabail, Chandrashekhar M. Biradar, Praveen Noojipady, Venkateswarlu Dheeravath, Manohar Velpuri, Obi Reddy P. Gangalakunta, and Xueliang L. Cai

Global Irrigated Area Mapping (GIAM) Using Remote Sensing

Global Irrigated Area Maps (GIAM) and Statistics Using Remote Sensing

Prasad S. Thenkabail, Chandrashekhar M. Biradar, Praveen Noojipady, Venkateswarlu Dheeravath, MuraliKrishna Gumma, Y.J. Li, Manohar Velpuri, and Obi Reddy P. Gangalakunta

GIAM Mapping Section for Selected Global Regions

Uncertainty of Estimating Irrigated Areas in China

Songcai You, Shunbao Liao, Suchuang Di, and Ye Yuan

Irrigated Areas of India Derived from Satellite Sensors and National Statistics: A Way Forward from GIAM Experience

Obi Reddy P. Gangalakunta, Venkateswarlu Dheeravath, Prasad S. Thenkabail, G. Chandrakantha, Chandrashekhar M. Biradar, Praveen Noojipady, Manohar Velpuri, and Maji Amal Kumar

Mapping Irrigated Lands across the United States Using MODIS Satellite Imagery

Jesslyn F. Brown, Susan Maxwell, and Shariar Pervez

Use of Remote Sensing to Map Irrigated Agriculture in Areas Overlying the Ogallala Aquifer, United States

Bethany Kurz and Santhosh Seelan

Assessing the Extent of Urban Irrigated Areas in the United States

Cristina Milesi, Christopher D. Elvidge, and Ramakrishna R. Nemani

The Challenges of Mapping Irrigated Areas in a Temperate Climate: Experiences from England

Jerry W. Knox, S.A.M. Shamal, E.K. Weatherhead, and J.A. Rodriguez-Diaz

Irrigated Area Mapping in the CWANA Region and Its Use in Spatial Applications for Land Use Planning, Poverty Mapping, and Water Resources Management

Eddy De Pauw

Subpixel Mapping of Rice Paddy Fields over Asia Using MODIS Time Series

Wataru Takeuchi and Yoshifumi Yasuoka

Evapotranspiration Models, Water Use, and Irrigated Areas

Assessment of Water Resources and Demands of Agriculture in the Semiarid Middle East

Roland A. Geerken, Ronald B. Smith, Z. Masri, and Eddy De Pauw

Estimating Actual Evapotranspiration from Irrigated Fields Using a Simplified Surface Energy Balance Approach

Gabriel B. Senay, Michael E. Budde, James P. Verdin, and James Rowland

Satellite-Based Assessment of Agricultural Water Consumption, Irrigation Performance, and Water Productivity in a Large Irrigation System in Pakistan

Mobin-ud-Din Ahmad, Hugh Turral, Aamir Nazeer, and Asghar Hussain

Rain-Fed Cropland Areas of the World

Global Map of Rainfed Cropland Areas (GMRCA) and Statistics Using Remote Sensing

Chandrashekhar M. Biradar, Prasad S. Thenkabail, Praveen Noojipady, Y.J. Li, Venkateswarlu Dheeravath, Manohar Velpuri, Hugh Turral, Xueliang L. Cai, MuraliKrishna Gumma, Obi Reddy P. Gangalakunta, Mitchell A. Schull, Ranjith D. Alankara, Sarath Gunasinghe, and Xiangming Xiao

Methods of Mapping Croplands Using Remote Sensing

Multiangle Spectral Measurements: A Way to Distinguish Cropping Areas

Francis Canisius

Applying Pattern Recognition to Satellite Data for Detecting Irrigated Lands: A Case Study for Georgia, United States

Vijendra K. Boken, Gerrit Hoogenboom, and Gregory L. Easson

Mapping Irrigated Crops from Landsat ETM + Imagery for Heterogeneous Cropping Systems in Pakistan

M.S.D.N. Gamage, Mobin-ud-Din Ahmad, and Hugh Turral

Accuracies and Errors

Accuracy and Error Analysis of Global and Local Maps: Lessons Learned and Future Considerations

Russell G. Congalton

Way Forward in Mapping Global Irrigated and Rain-Fed Croplands

Remote Sensing of Global Croplands for Food Security: Way Forward

Prasad S. Thenkabail and John G. Lyon

About the Editors

Dr. Prasad S. Thenkabail is a well known global expert in remote sensing and spatial sciences. Currently, works as a Research Geographer-15 with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Dr. Thenkabail has conducted pioneering scientific research work in two major areas: Hyperspectral remote sensing of vegetation; Global Irrigated and Rainfed Cropland Mapping. His research papers have won three American Society of Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) awards: (a) 2015 ERDAS award for best scientific paper (second author), (a) 2008 ASPRS President’s award (first author), (b) 1994 Autometric Award (first author). He is the Editor-in- Chief of seminal books (Publisher: Taylor and Francis Inc.): (a) three volume (including this), 82 Chapter, Remote Sensing Handbook (November 2015), (b) Hyperspectral Remote Sensing of Vegetation (2012), and (c) Remote Sensing of Global Croplands for Food Security (2009). He is the Editor-in-Chief of Remote Sensing Open Access Journal and is on the editorial board of Remote Sensing of Environment, and ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Prasad has work experience in 25+ Countries including working in key remote sensing research\leadership positions @ the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Yale Center for Earth Observation (YCEO), and the Indian National Remote Sensing Agency. He was selected by NASA and USGS as a member of Landsat Science Team Member (2007-20011), and was a scientific advisory board member of Rapideye (2001).

John G. Lyon has conducted scientific and engineering research and administrative functions throughout his career. He is formerly the senior physical scientist in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) and Office of the Science Advisor in Washington, DC, where he co-led work on the Group on Earth Observations and the USGEO subcommittee of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, and research on geospatial issues. Lyon was director of ORD’s Environmental Sciences Division for approximately eight years. He was educated at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Engineering (General)
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems