Measuring nutrition in crops from space

With over a quarter of the global population suffering from malnutrition due to nutrient deficiencies, the need to enhance the nutritional value of staple crops like rice, wheat, and soybeans is paramount.

ESA-supported research has revealed that data from satellites like the Copernicus Sentinel-2 and the Italian Prisma mission could be used for monitoring nutrient content of such crops, potentially offering an opportunity for farmers to optimize crop quality while they’re still growing.

The study was conducted in the framework of the EO Science for Society project HyNutri: Sensing “Hidden Hunger” with Sentinel-2 and Hyperspectral.

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