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Keeping Track of Food Production From Space

While USDA has monitored crops around the world for almost a century, the discovery that satellites can “see” greening of vegetation has revolutionized agricultural monitoring for food security. The development of the GLAM system in the 1980s, a collaboration with USDA and the International Production Assessment Division, has helped governments to assess whether or not there will be enough basic food crops to feed their populations, as well as provide international food aid organizations with a tool to predict where food shortages might occur.

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LK Ward (KBR Wyle Services, LLC): Lead Producer
Inbal Becker Reshef (University of Maryland): Scientist
Mary Mitkish: Writer
Cindy Starr (Global Science and Technology, Inc.): Visualizer
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Visualizer
Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET Systems, Inc.): Technical Support
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