Crop Monitor for AMIS
The GEOGLAM Crop Monitor  for the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) is a monthly bulletin on current growing conditions for the four major crops (wheat, maize,... More detail
Crop Monitor for Early Warning
The Crop Monitor for Early Warning (CM4EW) is a monthly, multi-source consensus bulletin assessing crop conditions in countries at risk for food insecurity, to anticipate... More detail
Rangelands and Pasture Productivity (RAPP)
The GEOGLAM RAPP initiative aims to improve global monitoring of rangelands and pastures, assessing their capacity to sustainably produce animal protein.   ... More detail
Asia Rice Crop Estimation and Monitoring (Asia-RiCE)
The Asia-RiCE initiative aims at improving operational rice crop monitoring and estimation using Earth observations in the Asian region.            ... More detail
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The R&D component of GEOGLAM develops monitoring and reporting protocols, tools, and best practices suitable for monitoring the variety of global agricultural systems.... More detail
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Asia Rice Crop Estimation and Monitoring (Asia-RiCE)

The Asia-RiCE initiative aims at improving operational rice crop monitoring and estimation using Earth observations in the Asian region.                                             

Scope & Background
The Asia-RiCE initiative (http://www.asia-rice.org) has been organized to enhance rice production estimates through the use of Earth observation, and seeks to ensure that Asian rice crops are appropriately represented within GEOGLAM. Asia-RiCE is composed of national teams that are actively contributing to the Crop Monitor for AMIS. 

 These teams are working to develop technical demonstrations of rice crop monitoring activities using both Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data (Radarsat-2 from 2013; Sentinel-1 and ALOS-2 from 2015; TerraSAR-X, Cosmo-SkyMed, RISAT, and others) and optical imagery (such as from MODIS, SPOT-5, Landsat, and Sentinel-2). This work was conducted over Asian 100x100km Technical Demonstration Sites (TDS) as a part of phase 1 (2013-2015),with satellite –based cultivated area and growing stage maps generated. The Asia-RiCE teams are also developing satellite-based agro-met information for rice crop outlook, crop calendars and damage assessment in cooperation with ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS) for selected countries (currently Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan; http://www.afsisnc.org/blog), using JAXA's Satellite-based Monitoring Network system as a contribution to the FAO AMIS outlook (JASMIN) with University of Tokyo (http://suzaku.eorc.jaxa.jp/cgi-bin/gcomw/jasm/jasm_top.cgi).


Major Achievements, Partnerships/Linkages, & Future Plans
Asia-RiCE team members studied the TDS to estimate rice planted area, growing status, and damage area using time series SAR data from multiple providers in Indonesia, Vietnam, Asia-RiCE team members studied the TDS to estimate rice planted area, growing status, and damage area using time series SAR data from multiple providers in Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan and others. JAXA/RESTEC teams developed the INAHOR (rice crop planted area estimation) software and NASA/CEOS SEO developed and tested a cloud computing SAR processing (INAHOR) platform for Indonesia. The CESBIO team worked to define standard ground observation data collection method and developed rice monitoring methods using Sentinel-1 time series, under the GEORICE project funded by ESA, in cooperation with VAST, Vietnam.
AsiaRiCE Mekong Radar v4

AsiaRiCE NDVI Ang ThongIn addition, Asia-RiCE teams are working with AFSIS to provide rice crop outlook with agro-meterological information to support crop monitor activity for FAO AMIS. Because of the influence of a strong El Nino in South East Asia, there is less precipitation and changes to rain fall patterns, and crop pattern have changed which may result in decreased production, especially for dry season crop. JAXA provides drought index (KBDI) and accumulated precipitation of Tak province (Fig.3 below), Thailand where main reservoir is located, to AFSIS and national experts to assess rice crop outlook and NDVI time series to Ang Tong province where is main rice production area in downstream area of that reservoir. (Fig. 2)

 

 

 

Fig.2 (left). NDVI time series trend graph in Ang Thong Province, Thailand

    Fig. 3. Drought Index (KBDI) and accumulated precipitation by JAXA and University of Tokyo for Bhu Mi Bol Dam area in Tak province, Thailand