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Scientific Coordination


Dr. Victoria Lenz-Wiedemann

Institute of Geography
University of Cologne
50923 Cologne, Germany

Associate Prof. Dr. Yuxin Miao

Department of Plant Nutrition
China Agricultural University
No 2, Yuanmingyuan West Road
100193 Beijing, China


Newest publications:

BARETH, G., BENDIG, J., TILLY, N., HOFFMEISTER, D., AASEN, H., and BOLTEN, A.  (2016, accepted): Comparison of UAV- and TLS-derived Plant Height for Crop Monitoring: Using Polygon Grids for the Analysis of Crop Surface Models (CSMs). PFG.

CAO, Q., MIAO, Y., SHEN, J. et al. (2016): Improving in-season estimation of rice yield potential and responsiveness to topdressing nitrogen application with Crop Circle active crop canopy sensor. Precision Agriculture 17: 136-154.

CAO, Q., Y. MIAO, F. LI, X. GAO, B. LIU, D. LU and X. CHEN (2016): Developing a new Crop Circle active canopy sensor - based precision nitrogen management strategy for winter wheat in North China Plain. Precision Agriculture (online first)

HÜTT, C., TILLY, N., SCHIEDUNG, H., and BARETH, G. (2016): Potential of multi-temporal Tandem-X derived crop surface models for maize growth monitoring. Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLI-B7, 803-808, doi:10.5194/isprs-archives-XLI-B7-803-2016

HÜTT, C., KOPPE, W., MIAO, Y. and BARETH, G. (2016): Best Accuracy Land Use/Land Cover (LULC) Classification to Derive Crop Types Using Multitemporal, Multisensor, and Multi-Polarization SAR Satellite Images. Remote Sensing 8, 684; doi:10.3390/rs8080684

MULLA, D.J, and Y. MIAO (2016): Chapter 7: Precision farming. In P.S. THENKABAIL (ed.) Remote Sensing Handbook Volume III: Land Resources Monitoring, Modeling, and Mapping with Remote Sensing. pp.161-173. Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

XIA, T., MIAO, Y., DALI, WU, D., SHAO, H., KHOSLA, R. and MI, G. (2016): Active Optical Sensing of Spring Maize for In-Season Diagnosis of Nitrogen Status Based on Nitrogen Nutrition Index. Remote Sensing 8, doi:10.3390/rs8070605

ZHANG, W., CAO, G., LI, X., ZHANG, H., WANG, C., LIU, Q., CHEN, X., CUI, Z., SHEN, J., JIANG, R., MI, G., MIAO, Y., ZHANG, F., DOU, Z. (2016): Closing yield gaps in China by empowering smallholder farmers. Nature, doi:10.1038/nature19368



ISPA Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Congratulations to the ICASD PhD student Junjun Lu, who was recognized by the International Society of Precision Agriculture (ISPA) and received the ISPA Outstanding Graduate Student Award at the 13th International Conference on Precision Agriculture, held from July 31 to August 3, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Junjun started his PhD program under Dr. Yuxin Miao at the China Agricultural University in 2013. He focuses on developing active canopy sensing and UAV sensing-based precision rice management systems in large scale rice farming systems in Jiansanjiang, Heilongjiang province, and made very good progress.








2016 Field campaigns in Lishu and Jiansanjiang, Northeast China

In late June, scientists from UK, Israel and Germany visited the Science and Technology Backyard of Lishu. During the visit, they visited the Precision Maize Management Experiments conducted by ICASD. At the same time, field campaigns in Lishu and Jiansanjiang also started, and the students worked very hard. Leaf sensing, canopy sensing and UAV-based low altitude sensing data were collected.













Research project at the University of Tasmania (UTAS), Australia

The former ICASD PhD student Dr. Juliane Bendig participates in a research project at the University of Tasmania (UTAS), Australia. She studies the use of drones and advanced spectroscopy to observe sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence (SIF), as a measure of photosynthetic activity and plant productivity in crops, from the air.

Multikopters at the UTAS uni farm, July 2016

Sino-Norwegian Cooperative Project had Mid-term Project Meeting in June, 2016

The Sino-Norwegian Cooperative Project “Innovative technologies to assure sustainable grain production in China with reduced environmental footprint” had the Mid-term Meeting in Beijing from June 8 to 9, 2016.The two ICASD members Dr. Audun Korsæth and Dr. Yuxin Miao served as Workpackage 1 leaders, focusing on how to improve crop N use efficiency. This workpackage involves research teams at the Nanjing Agricultural University and Xinjiang Academy of Agricutural Sciences, in addition to teams at the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy and the China Agricultural University. This workpackage has made great progress, which impressed the project leaders and participants.


Prof. W. D. Batchelor visited ICASD at CAU in April, 2016

Prof. W.D. Batchelor from Auburn University visited ICASD at CAU from April 11 to April 20. He trained the graduate students on using DSSAT crop growth models to analyze their research data. This year, remote sensing and crop growth model-based precision maize management systems are being evaluated in Lishu, Jilin Province. Prof. Batchelor is an expert in crop growth modeling, and close cooperation is being developed between Auburn University and CAU.



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