The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now taking the help of using the data that has collected from the first NASA satellite mission which has dedicated to measuring the water contents of soils. The space agency creates the maps and it will be used in monitoring the global croplands and will also help in USDA forecast crops globally and make commodity forecasts.
The SMAP or Soil Moisture Active Passive Mission was launched I the year 2015, and the main aim is to map the amount of water is present worldwide. NASA announced on Friday that the agency is now providing the mission with new tools which are developed by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and it will predict where there could be too much or little moisture in the soil for farming.
According to the John Bolten, who is the research scientist at Goddard said that there is a lot of need for understanding, monitoring and forecasting the crops globally. SMAP is said to be the NASA’s first satellite mission and has devoted to finding the moist soil, and this is said to be the straightforward approach to apply the data. NASA shows the satellite data in maps in resembling the watercolor paintings. Soils which are wetter than normal are seen in green shades, and the dry soils are seen in a brown shade.
The SMAP viewer is said to be in beta version, and once it is launched, then it is capable of providing the coverage every three days. The maps will be managed by the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and it will be provided to Crop Explorer with the timely updates and are essential for monitoring the conditions and forecast the productivity. With the help of SMAP, the scientists can forecast more precisely about the conditions that will have an economic and social impact.