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Remote sensing data, such as satellite imagery, hyper-spectral imagery and true-color aerial photographs, provide a wealth of information for farmers, risk assessors, product managers and regulators. Often these types of data are considered a great backdrop for maps. However, they can be used for much more.

At Waterborne, we use remote sensing and aerial photographs in many of our projects to update existing datasets, provide current information on crop growth and determine if specific management practices are in place. Remote sensing data is available for all areas of the world and provide an accurate, cost-effective solution for classifying agricultural features and assessing potential exposure from agricultural inputs to surface water bodies.

Waterborne’s remote sensing portfolio includes:

  • Landscape characterizations using SPOT, Landsat and IKONOS imagery to separate and classify agricultural classes
  • Crop development/growth tracking using MODIS
  • Applied knowledge of ERDAS IMAGINE® and ENVI® imaging software applications
  • Exploratory work in hyperspectral imaging, feature extraction tools and use of lidar to characterize vegetation height
  • Image interpretation and review for best management practices

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Remote Sensing Services

Our remote sensing related services are broad, including image acquisition, correction, processing and classification combined with ground truthing. We can host acquired image data (aerial photography and satellite imagery) for our clients on secure servers and provide internet-based access. On a project-specific basis, Waterborne uses aerial photography firms to acquire high-resolution photographs for fields or watersheds.