GEOGLAM Crop Monitor Assessment Tool: Developing Monthly Crop Condition Assessments

Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Katie McGaughey1, Inbal Becker Reshef1, Brian Barker1, Michael Laurence Humber1, Jon Nordling1, Christopher Owen Justice1 and Michel Deshayes2, (1)University of Maryland College Park, College Park, MD, United States, (2)GEO Group on Earth Observations, Geneva, Switzerland
The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) developed the Global Agricultural Monitoring initiative (GEOGLAM) to improve existing agricultural information through a network of international partnerships, data sharing, and operational research. This presentation will discuss the Crop Monitor component of GEOGLAM, which provides the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) with an international, multi-source, and transparent consensus assessment of crop growing conditions, status, and agro-climatic conditions likely to impact global production. This activity covers the four primary crop types (wheat, maize, rice, and soybean) within the main agricultural producing regions of the AMIS countries. These assessments have been produced operationally since September 2013 and are published in the AMIS Market Monitor Bulletin. The Crop Monitor reports provide cartographic and textual summaries of crop conditions as of the 28th of each month, according to crop type. This presentation will focus on the building of international networks, data collection, and data dissemination.