The Large Area Crop Inventory Experiment (LACIE) is a joint investigation by NASA, USDA, and NOAA to determine the practicality and utility of computer analyzed remotely sensed data in crop forecasting. LANDSAT imagery combined with NOAA-supplied meteorological data and ground truth history are the principal sources of LACIE information. The LACIE responsibility of NASA-Johnson Space Center (JSC) includes a Classification and Mensuration Subsystem (CAMS) which is tailored to the production problem presented by LACIE requirements to classify large numbers of fundamentally similar regions in the same manner. In short, LACIE and CAMS represent an essential change from research and development to a production environment.

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