Brazilian Collaborators Visit KU to Talk Agriculture

Published on January 17, 2013 by Jude Kastens

Tags: Agriculture, Brazil, Corn, Crop yield, Double Crop, Greenness, Growing Season, Land cover, Mato Grosso, MODIS, NDVI, Research, Satellite imagery, Soybeans, Sugarcane, Weather

Chris Bishop, Alex Coutinho, and Júlio Esquerdo examine a satellite view of Mato Grosso.

Chris Bishop, Alex Coutinho, and Júlio Esquerdo examine a satellite view of Mato Grosso.

January 16, 2013 – For one week in December, Alexandre Camargo Coutinho and Júlio César D. M. Esquerdo of the Brazilian Enterprise for Agricultural Research, or EMBRAPA, met face-to-face with their KU colleagues as part of a long-standing partnership between the two institutions that dates back to 2005. Most of this time was spent at KARS, where Alex, Júlio, Chris Brown (Environmental Studies), Jude Kastens (KBS/KARS), and Chris Bishop (Environmental Studies/KARS) discussed ongoing and future research and product development plans.

The discussions focused on mapping the rapidly changing agricultural landscape of Mato Grosso (Brazil’s primary soybean producing state) through time. With this information, the scientists will obtain an improved understanding of the natural/physical and social dynamics linked to this burgeoning agricultural economy.

More information regarding the type of collaborative research that is occurring between the two groups can be found in the following journal article:

Brown, J.C., J.H. Kastens, A.C. Coutinho, D.C. Victoria, and C.R. Bishop (2013). Classifying Multiyear Agricultural Land Use Data from Mato Grosso Using Time-Series MODIS Vegetation Index Data. Remote Sensing of Environment, 130(3): 39-50.

For a PDF of this paper, contact Chris Brown or Jude Kastens.

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