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- Climate Variability & Change, Water & Energy Cycles, Weather
The Satellite Irrigation Management Support (SIMS) project is a NASA supported effort to apply publicly available data from earth observing satellites to map crop cover, crop coefficients and crop evapotranspiration, with the longer-term goal of developing information products and tools to provide decision-support for water managers and agricultural producers. The project is using the Terrestrial Observation and Prediction System (TOPS), a NASA modeling framework developed to monitor and forecast environmental conditions. The primary focus of the effort is to extend TOPS to provide the computing and data processing systems required to support the use of satellite data to provide rapid assessments of current crop conditions, and to translate the satellite data into formats that are useful to agricultural producers in irrigation scheduling and water management. The project has also developed functioning prototypes of web and mobile phone based reporting and data access systems to allow evaluation of data products by agricultural producers. The project has deployed wireless sensor networks in commercial fields across California to collect information on weather and soil moisture conditions to facilitate product evaluation.
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