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Climate Change, UAS and Precision Agriculture

Climate Change and precision agriculture

Faculty: Dr. Abuduwasiti Wulamu

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations projects that global demand for agricultural production will increase 50% by 2050 due to population increase. However, drought and an increased concentration of background ozone under a changing climate are expected to adversely affect crop yields. In a changing climate, eXtreme condition farming (X farming) strategies should include early detection and monitoring of crop health at regional and global scales. This will allow farmers with limited water to implement timely measures to preserve yield, and allow scientists to understand large-scale response to abiotic stress and breed stress-tolerant crops.

This work utilizes field based hyperspectral imaging, unmanned aerial systems (UAV/UAS), manned aircraft and satellite remote sensing, building the capacity to gather most-needed data on natural and open agricultural ecosystems at multiple spatial scales (leaf-canopy-airborne-satellite) and greater temporal resolution with low cost, helping researchers, the public and policy makers make better decisions.

This ongoing research has been funded by NSF, NASA and Saint Louis University's Sustainability Research Fund.

Higher purpose. Greater good.
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