According to AgFunder, investments in agriculture technology reached $4.6B in 2015, supporting an influx of technology providers in agriculture – particularly as it relates to optical remote sensing of crops. As more companies enter the agriculture market as imagery providers, being able to evaluate the different offerings will depend on an understanding the basic functionality of the technology. In the end, one must understand the variability in remote sensing processes, as different insights can be produced with access to the same data source.
The use of satellites as a remote sensing tool for land observations is nothing new – in 1972, NASA launched Landsat 1. NASA is now operating Landsat 8 and more than 300 other Earth observation satellites are in orbit with almost half providing optical imaging.
While using satellite data doesn’t require an in-depth understanding of how the technology works, having working knowledge of a few key concepts helps to better understand what is feasible with the technology and how it can meet your agribusiness needs.
So, how does it work?
GEOSYS has prepared a whitepaper which gives a basic overview of the science and technology. With our partners in agribusiness in mind, we explain key concepts to empower the decision-making process.
Read the white paper: Understanding and Evaluating Satellite Remote Sensing Technology in Agriculture.