Karnataka, the state in southern India that stretches from Belgaum in the North to Mangalore in the South was declared drought affected by the state government on October 20161 and funds from the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) were allotted to focus on water conservation related works2. With the last year’s (2017) drought, the state had been experiencing the drought for 4 consecutive years
From the above soil moisture map for Karnataka (as on 09, March 2018), it can be inferred that soil moisture is relatively low in most of the areas, which can be an indicator of the impending drought4.
The map is prepared by merging data from multiple satellites using the vikleda algorithm.
Some of the applications where soil moisture is useful are:
- Optimal irrigation in farms
- Identify areas being over-irrigated
- Improved flood risk estimation
- Monitor agricultural drought in near real time
- Improved weather forecast
- Analyse the impact of an irrigation project
- Identify the irrigated area by an irrigation source
- Automatic billing of farm based on the actual irrigation
- Estimation of actual evapotranspiration taking place
- Estimation of area getting degraded
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- https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/karnataka declared-drought-affected-experts-warn-worst-water-crisis-state-51170