With groundwater resources depleting, and global food production increasing, KAUST scientists are using remote sensors to measure water use in agriculture. Shoe-box sized satellites called CubeSats capture daily images of agricultural fields in high-resolution detail. Applying advanced machine learning techniques and big-data analysis, the information is used to improve crop management—from water usage to plant and soil conditions. Efficient crop monitoring can help farmers identify problems and increase yields, while conserving and protecting limited freshwater resources.
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Wired magazine article features Dr. Matthew McCabe, Associate Professor of Environmental Science at KAUST, discussing food crop monitoring and water security. https://www.kaust.edu.sa/en/news/here…