Session Organizers

Catherine Nakalembe1 , Alyssa Whitcraft1

Organizer's Insitutions

1University of Maryland, Dept. of Geographical Sciences, United States

GEOGLAM is the Group on Earth Observations Global Agricultural Monitoring Initiative. It was initially launched by the Group of Twenty (G20) Agriculture Ministers in June 2011, in Paris. The G20 Ministerial Declaration states that GEOGLAM "will strengthen global agricultural monitoring by improving the use of remote sensing tools for crop production projections and weather forecasting". By providing coordinated Earth observations from satellites and integrating them with ground-based and other in-situ measurements, the initiative will contribute to generating reliable, accurate, timely and sustained crop monitoring information and yield forecasts. The main objective of GEOGLAM is to reinforce the international community's capacity to produce and disseminate relevant, timely and accurate forecasts of agricultural production at national, regional, and global scales by using Earth Observation data.

This session invites proposals from scientists who are engaged in the development of tools and methodologies to enhance the use of EO for agriculture monitoring in Africa at multiple scales and for multiple applications including;

  • Crop type, cropped area mapping
  • Crop conditions monitoring
  • Crop yield and crop production estimation,
  • Yield prediction and forecasting,
  • Famine early warning,
  • Data coordination, operational R and D,
  • Information dissemination systems for agriculture monitoring.

We particularly encourage submissions by African researchers and international colleagues with close collaboration with African Institutions. INDEX TERMS: agriculture, remote sensing, data coordination, Africa, international, global, GEOSS, AfriGEOSS

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