Agriculture Applications, Soils, and Marine


This division is expert in research and studies concerning on the applications of remote sensing sciences, geographic information systems and modelling in soils, vegetation cover, water, marine, coastal areas and a specialized consultative centre working serving national development.



  • Using remote sensing and geographic information systems in building knowledge bases for national developing projects.
  • Increasing national income from agricultural sector, contributing to optimal management of agricultural lands and marine applications.
  • Publishing in high impact scientific journals.
  • It supports the country's development sectors and increase the level of global competition in line with the state's 2030 Agricultural Development Plan.



Basically, research and consultation work of the division are carried out through:

  • National projects carried out by the members of the Research Commission and their assistants and funded by NARSS and locatable funding Agency.
  • International Projects implemented by the Division in cooperation with external parties and with foreign financing.

Projects implemented for the production and services sectors, funded by local beneficiaries.



Effective contribution to the implementation of the strategic  plan in the field of sustainable agricultural development, coastal areas, lakes development and strengthening national economy through using remote sensing sciences, geographic information systems, and modelling, through the following trends:

  • Periodic monitoring of agricultural lands, cultivated areas with strategic crops and determining the periodic needs of irrigation water, which would contribute to reducing the food gap and achieving sustainable agricultural development.
  • Building of agricultural digital databases, which is a pillars for optimal agricultural plans and policies.
  • Assessment and inventory for the natural resources in order to set optimal agricultural development priorities and trends at the national level.
  • Expansion in the planting of medicinal, aromatic and energy-producing plant crops.
  • Development a remote sensing, GIS, internet of things (IoT) based monitoring and early warning systems for agricultural risks such as prediction of diseases, pests, plant epidemics, forecasting flood disasters, torrents, and drought.
  • Development wireless sensors and devices in field of irrigation water to maximize the utilization of available water resources, and reduce irrigation water losses.
  • Continuous updating of agricultural land use maps.
  • Implementation smart agriculture in Egypt based on remote sensing, GIS, IoT and ICT in new reclaimed land.
  • Production of water flow maps at the top of the Nile to reduce water losses from the Nile Basin.
  • Scientific consultations and technical services in the various fields of agriculture to governmental and private sectors.
  • Using the latest applications of remote sensing and geographic information systems in the fields of marine science and studies to support the needs of society in the various relevant bodies, centres, institutes, and entities.
  • Observation of various marine phenomena and their regional and local impacts.
  • Establishing community awareness of the areas of using modern technology for remote sensing in marine sciences through seminars, workshops, conferences and environmental conservation campaigns.
  • Qualifying the scientific cadres in the applications of remote sensing and geographic information systems in the field of marine sciences and coastal zone management.
  • Communication with universities and institutes to transfer experiences and information to reach optimal solutions in the problems related with agricultural development.
  • Production soil mapping, capability, and crop suitability to support decision-makers for sustainable development.
  • Monitoring different marine environments (coral reefs - mangrove trees environment - marine weeds) and the harmful effects they face, creating databases for the Red Sea and Mediterranean environments and assessing their importance and how they follow up to track their differences and develop plans for sustainable development.

        Division Head

Prof.Dr.Abdel-Aziz Belal
Head of Agriculture Application, Soil and Marine Division