A Review on Remote Sensing as a Tool for Irrigation Monitoring and Management

Megha Singh

Department of Agronomy, Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur -482004, Madhya Pradesh, India.

Makhan Singh Karada *

Department of Forestry, Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur -482004, Madhya Pradesh, India.

Ram Kumar Rai

Department of Horticulture, Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur -482004, Madhya Pradesh, India.

Dheerendra Pratap

Department of Biotechnology, Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur -482004, Madhya Pradesh, India.

Dheer Agnihotri

Silviculture, Forest Management and Agroforestry Division, Tropical Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur -482004, Madhya Pradesh, India.

Alok Kumar Singh

Department of Silviculture and Agroforestry, Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan -173230, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Bipin Kumar Singh

Department of Agroforestry, Acharya Narendra Deva University of Agriculture and Technology, Ayodhya -224229, Uttar Pradesh, India.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Remote sensing has played a vital role in advancement of agriculture and is effective technical method for agriculture crop management. It is a technology which acquisite information regarding objects on earth surface as well as atmosphere from a distance without being in contact with the object. Researchers have proved its high potential with accuracy in the field of agriculture. After various experiments, the qualitative and quantitative assessment of soil, crop and atmosphere demonstrated the better understanding between the crop and its management practices. The collected spatial and temporal data via various passive and active sensors has been utilized not only for morphological study but also for monitoring the vegetation moisture content. The paper reviews about the potential studies carried out to investigate the water content in plant to make use in irrigation management. Diverse spectral reflectance indices have been mentioned from which special emphasis on NDWI has been given. It is an index which is used in remote sensing to assess the crop water status and can be utilized in efficient operation of irrigation to improve water use efficiency (WUE) in agriculture. In order to make irrigation practices more efficient by making the lab restricted irrigation scheduling methods like IW:CPE method applicable in regular practice by using remote sensing. This paper firstly identifies areas where researches and techniques have real-world application. Next, it identifies actual issues that remote sensing could address and solve with further research and its related development. All opportunities for managing agricultural water resources effectively to be explored and made successful through precision agriculture. Using the fast, impartial and reliable information offered by remote sensing is a significant difficulty in the field of water resource management.

Keywords: Precision agriculture, remote sensing, NDWI, Water Use Efficiency (WUE)

How to Cite

Singh , Megha, Makhan Singh Karada, Ram Kumar Rai, Dheerendra Pratap, Dheer Agnihotri, Alok Kumar Singh, and Bipin Kumar Singh. 2023. “A Review on Remote Sensing As a Tool for Irrigation Monitoring and Management”. International Journal of Environment and Climate Change 13 (6):203-11. https://doi.org/10.9734/ijecc/2023/v13i61817.


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