Vegetation Monitoring

Using satellite images, researchers can monitor crops, forests, grasslands, and other types of vegetation on a relatively large scale. Scientists at EROS use information derived from satellite images-together with geographical data, field observations, and agriculture information-to map and model vegetation throughout the United States. Vegetation monitoring makes it possible, for example, to track crop development and health, assess crop damage caused by storms or drought, determine the availability of fire fuels, and evaluate forest fire risks and impacts. Vegetation monitoring also reveals changes in the timing of seasonal vegetation events, such as the start and end of the growing season that may be indicators of climate change.