Remote sensing and cropping practices: A review

Bégué Agnès, Arvor Damien, Bellon De La Cruz Beatriz, Betbeder Julie, de Abelleyra Diego, Ferraz Rodrigo P.D., Lebourgeois Valentine, Lelong Camille, Simoes Margareth, Verón Santiago R.. 2018. Remote sensing and cropping practices: A review. Remote Sensing, 10 (1):99, 32 p.

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Quartile : Q1, Sujet : REMOTE SENSING

Abstract : For agronomic, environmental, and economic reasons, the need for spatialized information about agricultural practices is expected to rapidly increase. In this context, we reviewed the literature on remote sensing for mapping cropping practices. The reviewed studies were grouped into three categories of practices: crop succession (crop rotation and fallowing), cropping pattern (single tree crop planting pattern, sequential cropping, and intercropping/agroforestry), and cropping techniques (irrigation, soil tillage, harvest and post-harvest practices, crop varieties, and agro-ecological infrastructures). We observed that the majority of the studies were exploratory investigations, tested on a local scale with a high dependence on ground data, and used only one type of remote sensing sensor. Furthermore, to be correctly implemented, most of the methods relied heavily on local knowledge on the management practices, the environment, and the biological material. These limitations point to future research directions, such as the use of land stratification, multi-sensor data combination, and expert knowledge-driven methods. Finally, the new spatial technologies, and particularly the Sentinel constellation, are expected to improve the monitoring of cropping practices in the challenging context of food security and better management of agro-environmental issues. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : agroécologie, Agroécosystème, Pratique culturale, Rotation culturale, Utilisation des terres, Diversification, Télédétection, Irrigation, sécurité alimentaire, gestion des ressources naturelles, Impact sur l'environnement

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : États-Unis

Classification Agris : F08 - Cropping patterns and systems
P01 - Nature conservation and land resources
U30 - Research methods

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 1 (2014-2018) - Agriculture écologiquement intensive

Agence(s) de financement européenne(s) : European Commission

Programme de financement européen : FP7

Projet(s) de financement européen(s) : Stimulating Innovation for Global Monitoring of Agriculture and its Impact on the Environment in support of GEOGLAM

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Bégué Agnès, CIRAD-ES-UMR TETIS (FRA) - auteur correspondant
  • Arvor Damien, CNRS (FRA)
  • Bellon De La Cruz Beatriz, CIRAD-ES-UMR TETIS (FRA)
  • Betbeder Julie, Université de Montpellier (FRA)
  • de Abelleyra Diego, INTA (ARG)
  • Ferraz Rodrigo P.D., EMBRAPA (BRA)
  • Lebourgeois Valentine, CIRAD-ES-UMR TETIS (FRA)
  • Lelong Camille, CIRAD-ES-UMR TETIS (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0002-4850-1010
  • Simoes Margareth, EMBRAPA (BRA)
  • Verón Santiago R., INTA (ARG)

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