Earth observation for rice crop monitoring and yield estimation: application of satellite data and physically based models to the Mekong delta
09 / 2008 - 01 / 2013
The Mekong Delta, often referred to as Vietnam's "rice basket", is one of the most productive regions. The Delta produces upwards of 16 million tonnes of rice annually for domestic consumption and export in addition to highly productive shrimp farms and orchards. To maintain this productivity for a future sustainable development of the region, the government has been implementing several programs along with its policy in order to understand, dealing with the region problems of sediment flow, soil salination and flooding.
Ensuring the region's productivity, especially rice production, and understanding the environmental problems therefore require a powerful tool that can provide early enough information for monitoring and assessment.
This project will investigate the use of MODIS and RADARSAT data in monitoring the regional dynamic changes of the cropping patterns, rice phenology and water level as an input data source for the wet rice growth model ORYZA 2000.