Remote sensing and food security: Monitoring agriculture, ecosystems, hydrology, food environments, and health outcomes

Simon Fraval, Clare Dias, Lindsay Jaacks

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There are substantial challenges in providing safe, affordable, and nutritious food for a healthy and active human population globally. At present, instances of undernourishment and micronutrient deficiencies are widespread and occur in the same communities as obesity – forming what has been termed as the ‘triple burden of malnourishment’. This triple burden of malnourishment affects the health of individuals, increases demand for medical services, and can reduce the productive capacity of a society. Concurrently, ecological and atmospheric conditions are approaching critical tipping points that will have a bearing on the ecosystems services that are required to produce our food. By 2064, the human population is predicted to reach 9.7 billion people – 2 billion more than 20201 . With this growth in population it will be increasingly challenging to address the triple burden of malnourishment and maintain or improve ecosystem services. This introduction serves as a brief overview of how remote sensing has been employed to inform decisions that will address these challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpace, Satellites, and Sustainability
EditorsMurray Collins, Callum J. Norrie, Kristina Tamane
ISBN (Electronic)9781510638679
Publication statusPrint publication - 2 Oct 2020
EventSpace, Satellites, and Sustainability 2020 - Virtual, Online, United Kingdom
Duration: 21 Sept 202025 Sept 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceSpace, Satellites, and Sustainability 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityVirtual, Online

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