Fresno, California: Drought Impacts on Agriculture

Authors: Danielle Ruffe, PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY, Yu Zhong*, , Lubov Hristova, PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Topics: Agricultural Geography
Keywords: california drought; fresno; remote sensing;agriculture
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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In December 2011, a drought started in California, creating a five-year period of below average rainfall and soil moisture levels (USGS, 2017). Lasting from December 27th, 2011 until April 4th, 2017, the drought was recorded as the worst since climate tracking technology began. The state’s diverse climate allows the land to produce a variety of crops that are shipped not only internally, within the United States, but internationally as well. Looking into the California drought, there was interest to understand the drought and its effects on agricultural productivity. Through the use of remote sensing methods and data analysis, the research entailed testing a region of California that had been hit hard by the drought and was a large agricultural producer for the state -- Fresno County, California.

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