Regional Rice Monitoring in South-East Asia with Sentinel-1

A project funded by the European Space Agency

Our project

The GeoRice project is driven by the need of countries to continuously monitor their rice production, in the context of human and climate-induced production variability. The project also addresses the research priority within Asia-RiCE, a component of the Group on Earth Observations Global Agricultural Monitoring (GEOGLAM) initiative. The aim of the project is to demonstrate country-scale rice monitoring in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar using Sentinel-1 satellite data. The project is funded by the European Space Agency under ESA Contract No. 4000113388/15/I-NB and has been extended from October 2018 for 18 months. The Prime Contractor is CESBIO, from the Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier.


agricultural monitoring

Using our expertise in the use of satellite data for rice monitoring over South-East Asia

A scientific partnership

The GeoRice project is the result of a partnership between CESBIO Laboratory (Center for the Study of the Biosphere from Space) and GlobEO, in collaboration with the Vietnam National Space Center

Based on C-Band SAR Imaging

Using the European Union's Earth observation Copernicus program to get a complete, free and open access to Sentinel-1 data

Rice Maps

Providing maps of rice grown areas at a given time of the year and per season.

Rice map of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam in 2016 (Winter-Spring Season)
(red: rice, blue: water, green: others)

Rice Cropping Intensity

Mapping cropping intensity on a yearly basis
(blue: triple crop, green: double crop, red: single crop)

2016 Cropping Intensity in the Mekong Delta

Phenological stages

Mapping the estimated phenological stages at a given time of the year

Phenological stage map in the Mekong Delta - March 6th 2016

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Partners & Collaborators


Leader of the GeoRice project, the team has a strong background in project management and scientific development in SAR scattering of land surfaces and applications in forestry and agriculture. They have been involved in numerous studies for EU, ESA, NASA, JAXA, CNES and national organisations on the use of SAR in monitoring land surfaces.


GlobEO is a newly created company hosted at CESBIO and subcontracted to support the GeoRice project. GlobEO inherits a substantial experience developed at CESBIO in vegetation monitoring using satellite radar data at large scale, in a dozen of projects funded by the European Space Agency and the European Commission.


The project takes benefits of the long term collaboration with the Vietnam National Space Center which participated to past and present rice monitoring projects in Vietnam.

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