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Remote Sens., Volume 11, Issue 15 (August-1 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Understanding how different crops use water over time is essential for planning and managing water [...] Read more. Understanding how different crops use water over time is essential for planning and managing water resources and agricultural production. The main objective of this paper is to characterize the spatiotemporal dynamics of crop water use in the Central Valley of California using Landsat-derived actual evapotranspiration (ETa). Crop water use for 10 crops has been characterized for the entire Central Valley since 2008, and in the case of Kern County, since 1999. A Mann–Kendall trend analysis revealed a significant increase in area cultivated with almonds and their increasing water use at a rate of 13,488 ha-m per year, while alfalfa showed a significant decline, with 13,901 ha-m per year during the same period. This study demonstrates the useful application of historical Landsat ETa to produce water management information. View this paper.