Title

Topsoil moisture estimation for precision agriculture using unmanned aerial vehicle multispectral imagery

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

2014 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)

Publisher

IEEE

Publication Date

7-13-2014

First Page

3263

Last Page

3266

DOI

10.1109/IGARSS.2014.6947175

Abstract

There is an increasing trend in crop production management decisions in precision agriculture based on observation of high resolution aerial images from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). Nevertheless, there are still limitations in terms of relating the spectral imagery information to the agricultural targets. AggieAir™ is a small, autonomous unmanned aircraft which carries multispectral cameras to capture aerial imagery during pre-programmed flights. AggieAir enables users to gather imagery at greater spatial and temporal resolution than most manned aircraft and satellite sources. The platform has been successfully used in support of a wide variety of water and natural resources management areas. This paper presents results of an on-going research in the application of the imagery from AggieAir in the remote sensing of top soil moisture estimations for a large field served by a center pivot sprinkler irrigation system.

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