Big data analytics for agricultural and environmental management
Big data refers to data sets that are too large or complex to deal with by traditional data-processing application software. Big data analytics is, therefore, often a complex process of examining big data to uncover information such as hidden patterns, correlations, data trends, etc., that can enable decision-makers to make informed decisions. As an example, big data can provide farmers with data on rainfall patterns, water cycles, fertilizer requirements, and more. This enables them to make smart decisions, such as what crops to plant for better profitability and when to harvest. The right decisions ultimately improve farm yields. Big data can also enable environmental sustainability by giving the world the opportunity to better understand its demand for food, energy, and water. It can bolster the ability for monitoring environmental change and assessing risk at regional and global scales. This course provides an introduction to the foundations of big data and big data analytics and discusses their applications in agricultural and environmental management. The course introduces big data analytics applications using a local use case.