Cloud Environment for Disseminating NASS Cropland Data Layer


Zhang, C., Di, L., Yang, Z., Lin, L., Eugene, G.Y., Yu, Z., Rahman, M.S. and Zhao, H., 2019, July. Cloud Environment for Disseminating NASS Cropland Data Layer. Proceedings of 2019 8th International Conference on Agro-Geoinformatics, pp. 1-5. doi: 10.1109/Agro-Geoinformatics.2019.8820465.

Abstract: Cropland Data Layer (CDL) is an annual crop-specific land use map produced by the U.S. Department of Agricultural (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The CDL products are officially hosted on CropScape website which provides capabilities of geospatial data visualization, retrieval, processing, and statistics based on the open geospatial Web services. This study utilizes cloud computing technology to improve the performance of CropScape application and Web services. A cloud-based prototype of CropScape is implemented and tested. The experiment results show the performance of CropScape is significantly improved in the cloud environment. Comparing with the original system architecture of CropScape, the cloud-based architecture provides a more flexible and effective environment for the dissemination of CDL data.

Keywords: Cloud computing, Cropland Data Layer, Cyberinfrastructure, Interoperability, OGC Web Services

Accepted manuscript is available at ResearchGate.

Full paper is available at IEEE Xplore.