Determining Land Use Change to Precision Agriculture in Westland, South Holland, Netherlands

Authors: Noah Kalicka*,
Topics: Agricultural Geography, Environment
Keywords: Land use, Precision agriculture, Green house farming, Netherlands
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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Remote sensing for those who do not know is the collection and interpretation of data without physically touching any surfaces using aerial imagery (planes, satellites, etc). This technology is used to solve problems, study areas of interest, and create maps using tools provided in specific online programs. We are using remote sensing to determine a change in agricultural practices in Westland of South Holland, Netherlands. We are looking for agricultural land use change from heavy chemical farming to precision agriculture.
In the past, agriculture has been commonly defined as the tilling of land, breaking up soil structure, use of fertilizers, and resulting in a damaged natural system. Precision agriculture is changing the way we grow produce and potentially mitigating the negative impacts of traditional agriculture. The use of precision agriculture produces higher yields, productivity, profitability while promoting sustainability, and ultimately environmental protection (Liaghat and Balasundram, 2010). Remote sensing can assist in deriving data to evaluate soil degradation from fertilizers as well as predict crop yields. The environment gives us the ability to grow to produce, grains, fruits, nuts, and other types of nutritious foods so we shouldn’t be degrading our earth with chemicals, fertilizers, and big machines.
The information that we are trying to divulge using remote sensing technologies are changes to precision agriculture. We want to determine the land use change to greenhouse farming and the effects that it has on the production of produce. The data that we find will help to further the knowledge of sustainable agriculture.

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