Earth Observation in Agriculture

  • Silke MigdallEmail author
  • Lena Brüggemann
  • Heike Bach
Conference paper


Different types of satellite information have found their way into agriculture in the past few decades. Starting from “precision farming”, using GNSS signals for guidance and auto-steering, farming practices are now shifting towards “smart farming”, using Earth Observation data for information-guided agriculture. Most currently available satellite-based services on the market focus on the analysis of optical remotely sensed data, even though radar data and thermal data also find application. An overview is given on the different types of data and information that can be derived from them, as well as the combination with advanced crop growth modelling. The example of nutrient management is used to showcase how satellite images can support agricultural management through the whole growing season.


Agriculture Precision farming Smart farming Radiative transfer modelling Crop growth modelling Fertilization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.VISTA Remote Sensing in Geosciences GmbHMunichGermany

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