Blog / Wenjiang Huang / June 14, 2021
The research team at the Aerospace Information Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences (AIRCAS) conducted a series of research on habitat monitoring and early warning for large areas of locusts and estimation of agricultural and animal husbandry losses based on the GEO project Global Crop Pest and Disease Habitat Monitoring and Risk Forecasting. The research findings have been accepted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) to support food security and regional stability.
Since February 2020, the research team has continuously published 19 scientific reports on "Monitoring and Assessment of Desert Locust in Africa and Asia" and conducted monitoring and early warning of core breeding areas and migration routes of desert locusts in Africa and Asia from 2018 to 2021. In addition, the dynamic temporal migration of locusts and dynamic assessment of agricultural and animal husbandry losses from the key desert locust endangering countries in Africa and Asia, i.e. Pakistan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Yemen, India and Nepal, were analyzed. All research results and data sets are publicly shared globally through the Big Earth Data Science Engineering Project Data Sharing and Service Portal (data.casearth.cn).
The research results not only provide decision support for dynamic pest control by governments to ensure agricultural and animal husbandry production, but also provide support for international organizations such as FAO and the United Nations in collaborative pest management through spatial information technology. In the future, the research team will continue to pay close attention to pest migration and damage, and provide remote sensing monitoring and forecasting products and services to support scientific prevention and control, and ensure food security and regional stability.
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