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Philippines using RS tech to reduce agri losses

Philippines: The Congressional Commission on Science Technology and Engineering (Comste), Philippines, is developing a system that uses remote sensing (RS) and satellite imagery to provide real-time data and modeling for local farmers as one of its flagship projects for 2011. The Commission is chaired by Senator Edgardo J. Angara.
“Competitive agriculture means efficiently growing high value crops, using remote sensing to anticipate heavy rains or drought, understanding the effects of climate change and pollution on productivity, and having an integrated view of the logistics of produce delivery to the market,” said Angara. He also mentioned that the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is mapping of area that are vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
Dr. Josefino Comiso of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) suggested that satellite imagery from their Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (Modis) can provide data measuring land-vegetation index, oceanic parameters such as sea surface temperature, ocean color and many others due to its ability to capture data in 36 spectral bands. The information is free and accessible due to the recent purchase by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) of a Modis receiver.
Comste has identified this as a priority project that would deliver basic services, such as decision support systems for the agricultural and rural sectors and improve services delivery to the poor and far-flung areas, said Angara.
Source: newsbytes.ph