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Application of geospatial and remote sensing data to support locust management

Klein, Igor and Uereyen, Soner and Eisfelder, Christina and Pankov, Vladimir and Oppelt, Natascha and Kuenzer, Claudia (2023) Application of geospatial and remote sensing data to support locust management. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 117 (103212), pp. 1-15. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.jag.2023.103212. ISSN 1569-8432.

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Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1569843223000341


Negative impacts on agricultural activities by different locust species are well documented and have always been one of the major threats to food security and livelihoods, especially for local communities. Locust management and control have led to less frequent and intense plagues and outbreaks worldwide. However, political insecurity and armed conflicts affect locust management, and can as well as changing climate, and land use management contribute to new outbreaks. In the context of the increasing world population and higher demand for agricultural production, locust pests will remain of high concern. Geospatial and remote sensing data have become an important source of information for different applications within locust research and management. However, there is still a gap between available information and actual practical usage. In this study, we demonstrate the importance of geospatial and remote sensing data and how this information can be prepared for a straightforward application for stakeholders. For this purpose, we use the h3-hexagonal hierarchical geospatial indexing system to simplify and structure spatial information into standardized hexagon units. The presented concept provides decision makers and ground teams with a simplified information database that contains area-wide information over time and space and can be used without detailed geospatial knowledge and background. The concept is designed for the use case of Italian locust management in the Pavlodar region (Kazakhstan) and based on actual practices. It can be extrapolated to any other study area or species of interest. Our results underline the importance of actual land management on locust presence. Up-to-date land management information can be derived from time-series analyses of remote sensing data. Furthermore, essential meteorological data are used to generate locust-specific climatic characteristics within the h3-system. Within this system, areal prioritizing for locust management can be achieved based on the included spatial information and experience from ongoing practices.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/190066/
Document Type:Article
Title:Application of geospatial and remote sensing data to support locust management
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Klein, IgorUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0113-8637UNSPECIFIED
Uereyen, SonerUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-3733-0049UNSPECIFIED
Eisfelder, ChristinaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-6790-6953UNSPECIFIED
Date:31 January 2023
Journal or Publication Title:International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 1-15
Keywords:Locust, Earth observation, remote sensing, insect pests, plague, outbreak, risk assessment, GIS, Calliptamus italicus, food security
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Earth Observation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Remote Sensing and Geo Research
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Land Surface Dynamics
Deposited By: Klein, Igor
Deposited On:22 Feb 2023 09:24
Last Modified:19 Oct 2023 10:14

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