Famine Early Warning Systems and Remote Sensing Data / Edition 1

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This book describes the interdisciplinary work of USAID's Famine Early Warning System (FEWS NET) and its influence on methodological and development policies in the US. This book describes FEWS NET's systems, methods and presents several illustrative case studies that will demonstrate the integration of both physical and social science disciplines in its work. The aim of this book is to bring the work of USAID's Famine Early warning System Network into the public domain.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540753674
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 5/9/2008
  • Edition description: 2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Molly E. Brown received a master’s of arts degree in 1998 and a doctor of philosophy in the summer of 2002 from the Department of Geography, University of Maryland at College Park. She has worked with the GIMMS group at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center since 1997, primarily on developing and using a stable, 25-year, 8km vegetation record from the NOAA-AVHRR series of instruments. Using these satellite data to investigate questions of climate, land use, and human-environmental interaction has been the main focus of her work.
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Table of Contents

Sect. I Background

1 Introduction 3

2 Conceptual Frameworks 23

3 FEWS NET'S Structure and Remote Sensing 41

Sect. II Remote Sensing for Early Warning

4 Rainfall Estimates 65

5 Derived Agricultural and Climate Monitoring Products 83

6 Vegetation Index Measurements 97

7 Climate Forecasts 119

Sect. III Food Security Analysis

8 FEWS NET's Integrated Analytical Areas 135

9 Dynamic Communication and Decision Support 157

10 Use of Remote Sensing in FEWS NET Country and Regional Offices 173

11 Population Datasets 189

12 Food Markets and Prices 203

13 Scenario Development and Contingency Planning 221

Sect. IV Case Studies

14 Case Study: Ethiopia and the 2002-2003 Food Security Crisis 239

15 Remote Sensing Data in the Mesoamerican Food Security Early Warning System (MFEWS) 257

16 Zimbabwe's Crisis of 2006-2007 269

Sect. V Analysis and the Future

17 Power, Politics and Remote Sensing 285

18 The Future of FEWS NET 297

Index 311

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