Towards a satellite based system for monitoring agricultural water use: A case study for Saudi Arabia

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http://hdl.handle.net/10754/621292
Title:
Towards a satellite based system for monitoring agricultural water use: A case study for Saudi Arabia
Authors:
McCabe, Matthew ( 0000-0002-1279-5272 ) ; Houborg, Rasmus; Rosas, Jorge; Ershadi, Ali ( 0000-0002-8885-1947 ) ; Anderson, Martha; Hain, Christopher
Abstract:
Over the last few decades, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has witnessed a dramatic expansion of its agricultural sector. In common with many other developing countries, this has been driven by a combination of population increases and the related effects on consumption as well as a demand for increased food security. Inevitably, the sector growth has come at the expense of a parallel increase in water consumption. Indeed, it is estimated that more than 80% of all of the water used in the Kingdom relates to agricultural production. More concerning is that the vast majority of this water is derived from non-renewable fossil groundwater extraction. To exacerbate the problem, groundwater extraction is largely unmonitored, meaning that there is very little accounting of water use on a routine basis. In the absence of techniques to directly quantify abstractions related to agriculture at large spatial scales, a mechanism for inferring crop water use as an indirect surrogate is required.
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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia
Citation:
McCabe MF, Houborg R, Rosas J, Ershadi A, Anderson M, et al. (2015) Towards a satellite based system for monitoring agricultural water use: A case study for Saudi Arabia. 2015 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS). Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/IGARSS.2015.7325901.
Publisher:
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Journal:
2015 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)
Conference/Event name:
IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2015
Issue Date:
12-Nov-2015
DOI:
10.1109/IGARSS.2015.7325901
Type:
Conference Paper
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dc.contributor.authorMcCabe, Matthewen
dc.contributor.authorHouborg, Rasmusen
dc.contributor.authorRosas, Jorgeen
dc.contributor.authorErshadi, Alien
dc.contributor.authorAnderson, Marthaen
dc.contributor.authorHain, Christopheren
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-03T06:57:00Z-
dc.date.available2016-11-03T06:57:00Z-
dc.date.issued2015-11-12en
dc.identifier.citationMcCabe MF, Houborg R, Rosas J, Ershadi A, Anderson M, et al. (2015) Towards a satellite based system for monitoring agricultural water use: A case study for Saudi Arabia. 2015 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS). Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/IGARSS.2015.7325901.en
dc.identifier.doi10.1109/IGARSS.2015.7325901en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/621292-
dc.description.abstractOver the last few decades, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has witnessed a dramatic expansion of its agricultural sector. In common with many other developing countries, this has been driven by a combination of population increases and the related effects on consumption as well as a demand for increased food security. Inevitably, the sector growth has come at the expense of a parallel increase in water consumption. Indeed, it is estimated that more than 80% of all of the water used in the Kingdom relates to agricultural production. More concerning is that the vast majority of this water is derived from non-renewable fossil groundwater extraction. To exacerbate the problem, groundwater extraction is largely unmonitored, meaning that there is very little accounting of water use on a routine basis. In the absence of techniques to directly quantify abstractions related to agriculture at large spatial scales, a mechanism for inferring crop water use as an indirect surrogate is required.en
dc.publisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)en
dc.subjectAgricultureen
dc.subjectData modelsen
dc.subjectEarthen
dc.subjectLand surfaceen
dc.subjectRemote sensingen
dc.subjectSatellitesen
dc.subjectWater resourcesen
dc.titleTowards a satellite based system for monitoring agricultural water use: A case study for Saudi Arabiaen
dc.typeConference Paperen
dc.contributor.departmentKing Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabiaen
dc.identifier.journal2015 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)en
dc.conference.date26 July 2015 through 31 July 2015en
dc.conference.nameIEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2015en
dc.contributor.institutionUSDA-ARS, Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory, Beltsville, MD, United Statesen
dc.contributor.institutionEarth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, United Statesen
kaust.authorMcCabe, Matthewen
kaust.authorHouborg, Rasmusen
kaust.authorRosas, Jorgeen
kaust.authorErshadi, Alien
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