What do grasslands look like from the sky? The GEOGLAM RAPP initiative

Did you know that grasslands cover more than 22% of the Earth’s ice-free land surface (1)? As the global population is predicted to reach around 9 billion by 2050, increases in food consumption, land and environmental pressures are to be expected!

What is the GEOGLAM RAPP initiative?copy-rapp_logo-1

GEOGLAM Rangelands and Pasture Productivity (RAPP) is a new Group on Earth Observations  (GEO) initiative that aims to provide the international community the means to regularly monitor the health and productivity of world’s pastures and rangelands on a routine basis, and assess their capacity to sustainably produce animal protein in real-time.

In 2016, I joined this comprehensive and very promising global effort that brings together space agencies, associated institutional frameworks, in-situ networks, rangeland ecologists, and the pasture productivity modelling community.

You can follow our progress on GEOGLAM RAPP’s website and on twitter: @GeoglamRAPP

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Our last international RAPP workshop took place in South Africa (city of Tshwane, Pretoria), late June 2016.

 

(1) Ramankutty, N., Evan, A.T., Monfreda, C., Foley, J.A., 2008. Farming the planet: 1. Geographic distribution of global agricultural lands in the year 2000. Global Biogeochem. Cycles 22, 1–19. doi:10.1029/2007GB002952

Landsat 8 – photo credit: NASA

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