Special Section on Advances in Remote Sensing Applications for Locust Habitat Monitoring and Management

Role of remote sensing in desert locust early warning

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Keith Cressman

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, Rome, Italy

J. Appl. Remote Sens. 7(1), 075098 (May 28, 2013). doi:10.1117/1.JRS.7.075098
History: Received September 23, 2011; Revised February 11, 2012; Accepted February 22, 2012
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Abstract.  Desert locust (Schistocerca gregaria, Forskål) plagues have historically had devastating consequences on food security in Africa and Asia. The current strategy to reduce the frequency of plagues and manage desert locust infestations is early warning and preventive control. To achieve this, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations operates one of the oldest, largest, and best-known migratory pest monitoring systems in the world. Within this system, remote sensing plays an important role in detecting rainfall and green vegetation. Despite recent technological advances in data management and analysis, communications, and remote sensing, monitoring desert locusts and preventing plagues in the years ahead will continue to be a challenge from a geopolitical and financial standpoint for affected countries and the international donor community. We present an overview of the use of remote sensing in desert locust early warning.

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Keith Cressman
"Role of remote sensing in desert locust early warning", J. Appl. Remote Sens. 7(1), 075098 (May 28, 2013). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JRS.7.075098


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