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Field data collection

Field data collection is essential for accurate satellite image interpretation. With respect to the application of RS in agricultural management, field data collection enables us obtain relevant information such as the crops cultivated, agronomic practices adopted by farmer and data on the temporal growth of crops (e.g. height, density, groundcover, etc.). Collectively, this information assist analysts to correctly interpret RS data for improved decision making. This section highlights some of the essential field parameters that need to be collected during field campaigns to aid in the eventual analysis of RS data. Specific attention is given to remote sensing application to agricultural management. Where applicable, equipment that is required to measure these parameters will be introduced. The section is divided into three sub-sections:

  1. field level surveys,
  2. measurement equipment and
  3. measurement protocols.