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Earthzine2015 Spring VPS, Assessing Agriculture and Ecosystems

Category: Assessing Agriculture and Ecosystems
Project Team: Virginia Agriculture II
Team Location: Wise County Clerk of Court’s Office – Wise, Virginia

Preliminary classification of Landsat 8’s path 16 in Virginia for July 4, 2014. The classification was one of several inputs used to identify potential vineyard locations. Image Credit: Virginia Agriculture II Team

Rajkishan Rajappan
Brittany Craft
Cassandra Morgan
Mebrat Desta
Michael Ngamije
Zachary Tate

Dr. Kenton Ross (NASA DEVELOP National Program)
Dr. DeWayne Cecil (Global Science and Technology, Inc.)

Past/Other Contributors:
Andrew Foxx
Daria Blach
Dieudonne Dusenge
Alexandra Pilcher
Laika Umuhoza

The Virginia Wine Board promotes the interests of vineyards and wineries in the commonwealth through research, education and marketing. In that spirit, the Wine Board partnered with Wise DEVELOP to map the extent of Virginia vineyards. Current vineyard monitoring practices require land surveys and reports from owners, and the vineyards are identified and mapped by their street addresses. High-resolution images were used to digitize the extent of all vineyards in Virginia. Vineyard extent was measured using data from Landsat 8 Operational Land Imager (OLI), which was downloaded from U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Explorer for the year 2014. Training sets were created from various locations across the state. A supervised classification was carried out using those training sets to identify the productive vineyards. Cropland data, obtained from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the years 2008 to 2014, were stacked to identify the dominant type in the area. The results of this project will inform the Virginia Wine Board of the extent of the vineyards in its efforts to explore the possibilities of extension.

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