This effort will support futures market and NASA contribution to GEO-GLAM program, NASA Applied Sciences Program index insurance programs, and climate change science. RiceDSS will also support USDA NASS and RMA efforts providing area statistics, production estimates, and insurance for rice. Anticipated Direct Results: * Platform for supporting rice futures markets * Operational, near real-time rice mapping products * Operational, near real-time rice yield forecasts with quantified uncertainties * Platform for supporting rice index insurance markets * Agricultural monitoring to support food security and risk management * Platform for Rice GHG MRV support.
Better forecasts, more accurate and timely acreage information, planting progress, more accurate quality data prior to harvest, more accurate harvest date predictions, are a few key information needs of rice industry, including rice elevators and mills, rice breeders and overall supply chain. Environmental markets (e.g. California Rice Offset Protocol) needs access to spatially explicit, timely and accurate maps of rice production and management practices for efficient, cost effective and transparent offset markets. RiceDSS system, including the remote sensing linked with mobile apps and webGIS tools, can support environmental markets. This effort will support voluntary and compliance GHG offset markets using the existing and in development rice protocols for ACR, CAR and California ARB.