Crop Condition and Soil Moisture Analytics (Crop-CASMA) – A Web GIS application

June 24, 2021

Location

Online

Presenters

  • Claire Boryan, Senior Geographer/Spatial Analysis Research Section, USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, Research and Development Division, USA
  • Rick Mueller, Head/Spatial Analysis Research Section, USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, Research and Development Division, USA

Outline

Timely, frequent, and complete cropland soil moisture and vegetative condition information, acquired throughout the growing season is critical for developing agricultural policy, forecasting crop production and crop yields, tracking droughts or floods and climate assessments. This webinar introduces the newly released Crop Condition and Soil Moisture Analytics (Crop-CASMA) – web GIS application developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the Agricultural Research Service, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and George Mason University. CropCASMA provides access to contiguous United States Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) soil moisture data and Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) derived vegetative indices in an easy-to-use format to conduct visualization, dissemination, produce maps and to conduct analysis. This webinar will describe CropCASMA data; tools; and analytical, visualization, and dissemination capacities; as well as, examples of current use cases. CropCASMA is an important step toward data democratization because no GIS or remote sensing software is required to analyze data within the tool and there are easy to use map-making capabilities. Crop-CASMA is freely available online at https://cloud.csiss.gmu.edu/Crop-CASMA/

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