Himachal Pradesh, the mountainous state of northern India, mainly cultivates wheat and rice as crops1. The agriculture sector in the state is crucial as 71 percent of its total population depends on agriculture for their income2.The soil moisture map for Himachal Pradesh state as on 6th March 2018 shows moderate soil moisture at most of the places.

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 evapo-transpiration taking place
  • Estimation of area getting degraded
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      1. http://nfsm.gov.in/nfmis/RPT/CalenderReport.aspx []
      2. http://www.hpagriculture.com/about_us.htm []