Field Spectroscopy and Precision Agriculture

Aims

The course aims to: Describe the methods with which Precision Agriculture can be applied Present the platforms and sensors used in Precision Agriculture Highlight the benefits of using Precision Agriculture Delve deeper in the interraction between electromagnetic energy and matter when using field spectroscopy Describe the data processing and statistical analysis often used with hyperspectral data

Prerequisites

The students need to have a background in basic Remote Sensing principles

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course the students will: Understand the methods used to collect data to be used in Precision Agriculture Know how to process such data in order to correlate with plant status and other parameters linked with the agricultural production Comprehend the reasons that cause the various interactions between the electromagnetic energy and matter Have experience in using a portable spectroradiometer in the field.

Syllabus

Mediterranean climate and environment Major agricultural crops in the Mediterranean Data collection with variable platforms Sensors used in UAV, aerial and satellite systems In-situ and tractor sensors Variable rate applications Long-term planning using Decision Support Systems Electromagnetic radiation with the atmosphere The Bi-Directional Distribution Function Signal-to-Noise ratio and how to improve it Biochemical absorption features Hyperspectral data processing  ASD FieldSpec spectroradiometer demonstration

Content Delivery

The course will be delivered in two lectures on Precision Agriculture and Field Spectroscopy. On the third day of the course, there will be a demonstration on the use of a portable field spectroradiometer.

Coursework And Assignment Details

The students will be examined on a theoretical exam, related to the topics delivered during the lectures.