Herramientas satelitales para el SEguimiento de la Producción Agropecuaria (SEPA)
SEPA ("Satellite monitoring tools for Agricultural Production") is an initiative developed by members of the Department of Permanent Observatory of Agro-ecosystems of the Climate and Water Institute of INTA in order to offer satellite and agrometeorological products for making agricultural decisions.
SEPA is coordinated by Dr. Carlos Di Bella and is integrated by researchers and post-graduate students: María Eugenia Beget, Alfredo Campos, María de los Ángeles Fischer, Patricio Oricchio, Julieta Straschnoy and Evelyn Figueroa Schibber.
From 1996, the Climate and Water Institute has been receiving and processing NOAA-AVHRR and GOES data. In 2003, the Institution began incorporating MODIS (Aqua-Terra) reception antenna and recently we have also incorporated the reception of NPP satellite images. From this data, the members of SEPA periodically produce maps with agricultural applications including: agrometeorological (potential evapotranspiration, surface temperature, albedo), future scenarios (summer, winter and perennial crops), extreme events (frost, wildfires, fire hazard, floods, volcanoes), vegetation indices (NDVI, EVI) and monthly and historical anomalies of some of these variables.
The targets and goals of SEPA are to spread and disseminate satellite products and to help farmers and users in general, to make correct decisions. Another SEPA goal is to strengthen the relationship with users in order to improve the creation of new products or modification of existing ones.
SEPA has also produced detailed publications and other scientific products. SEPA members also can earn a postgraduate degree in Remote Sensing and GIS applied to Agronomy and Natural Resources (http://epg.agro.uba.ar/esp-teledeteccion/especializacion-en-teledeteccion) and participate in communication activities for students and the public in general.
Since 2012, SEPA has been offering free software for users – such as SAILHFLOOD, SEAWEB and CALOR – to simulate reflectance for flooded canopies as rice crop, to evaluate rented fields, and to detect fire events from hotspots/thermal anomalies, respectively. In addition, in 2012 SEPA instituted the GLAM (Global Agriculture Monitoring) system in collaboration with University of Maryland and NASA.
In October 2009, SEPA was declared an ítem of interest by Honorable Cámara de Diputados de la Nación (Res. 4809-D-2009). As of early 2014, SEPA is visited over 1000 times per month.