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 Gregoriy Kaplan

Lior Fine

Victor Lukyanov

V. S. Manivasagam

Nitzan Malachy

Josef Tanny

 Offer Rozenstein

 

Crop monitoring throughout the growing season is key for optimized agricultural production. Satellite remote sensing is a useful tool for estimating crop variables, yet continuous high spatial resolution earth observations are often interrupted by clouds. This paper demonstrates overcoming this limitation by combining observations from two public-domain spaceborne optical sensors. Ground measurements were conducted in the Hula Valley, Israel, over four growing seasons to monitor the development of processing tomato. These measurements included continuous water consumption measurements using an eddy-covariance tower from which the crop coefficient (Kc) was calculated and measurements of Leaf Area Index (LAI) and crop height. Satellite imagery acquired by Sentinel-2 and VENµS was used to derive vegetation indices and model Kc, LAI, and crop height. The conjoint use of Sentinel-2 and VENµS imagery facilitated accurate estimation of Kc (R2 = 0.82, RMSE = 0.09), LAI (R2 = 0.79, RMSE = 1.2), and crop height (R2 = 0.81, RMSE = 7 cm). Additionally, our empirical models for LAI estimation were found to perform better than the SNAP biophysical processor (R2 = 0.53, RMSE = 2.3). Accordingly, Sentinel-2 and VENµS imagery was demonstrated to be a viable tool for agricultural monitoring. 

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Estimating Processing Tomato Water Consumption, Leaf Area Index, and Height Using Sentinel-2 and VENµS Imagery
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 Gregoriy Kaplan

Lior Fine

Victor Lukyanov

V. S. Manivasagam

Nitzan Malachy

Josef Tanny

 Offer Rozenstein

 

Estimating Processing Tomato Water Consumption, Leaf Area Index, and Height Using Sentinel-2 and VENµS Imagery

Crop monitoring throughout the growing season is key for optimized agricultural production. Satellite remote sensing is a useful tool for estimating crop variables, yet continuous high spatial resolution earth observations are often interrupted by clouds. This paper demonstrates overcoming this limitation by combining observations from two public-domain spaceborne optical sensors. Ground measurements were conducted in the Hula Valley, Israel, over four growing seasons to monitor the development of processing tomato. These measurements included continuous water consumption measurements using an eddy-covariance tower from which the crop coefficient (Kc) was calculated and measurements of Leaf Area Index (LAI) and crop height. Satellite imagery acquired by Sentinel-2 and VENµS was used to derive vegetation indices and model Kc, LAI, and crop height. The conjoint use of Sentinel-2 and VENµS imagery facilitated accurate estimation of Kc (R2 = 0.82, RMSE = 0.09), LAI (R2 = 0.79, RMSE = 1.2), and crop height (R2 = 0.81, RMSE = 7 cm). Additionally, our empirical models for LAI estimation were found to perform better than the SNAP biophysical processor (R2 = 0.53, RMSE = 2.3). Accordingly, Sentinel-2 and VENµS imagery was demonstrated to be a viable tool for agricultural monitoring. 

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