PhD Student, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Uprooting the uncertainty in crop yield prediction and monitoring
The main goal of my research is to understand how radar signal interacts with crop canopy by using both Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) remote sensing and physical scattering models. Combining remote sensing observations and the models is my approach to understand crop dynamics. I am progressively involve in remote sensing applications for crop dynamics and to relate the crop dynamics for better prediction of yield within a crop season.
For me, the key question is how to relate crop dynamics for better prediction of yield within a crop season, especially during the Indian monsoon? I am trying to tackle these challenges with the concepts of SAR polarimetry and crop simulations through different field campaigns and SAR observables. I believe that the SAR has a high potential for agricultural crop monitoring along with the optical sensors. “And this is just the beginning; we have not even scratched the surface”.