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Amazon Web Services 2021 re:Invent Conference Highlights New Technology Applications for Agricultural Resilience
Dr. Alyssa Whitcraft, NASA Harvest's Deputy Director and Manager, was featured in the opening virtual session for Amazon Web Services 2021 re:Invent. Dr. Whitcraft spoke about how Earth observation data is being used to monitor crop condition and production, inform sustainability and humanitarian actions, and the upcoming NISAR mission which will continue to advance global agricultural monitoring capabilities.
Regrow Ag is leading a project that aims to optimize crop variety placement in Sub-Saharan Africa with the support of NASA Harvest. "Niche" has been awarded a $5M, 4-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and will bring together several key agriculture and climate tech partners to build an assessment framework and digital tools to help characterize crop performance and inform optimal placement of novel and existing crop types in Sub-Saharan Africa.
NASA Harvest and GEOGLAM researchers have together released AGMET, a new agricultural-meteorological Earth observation data platform. The AGMET Indicators visualize a variety of agro-meteorological indicators like precipitation, temperature, and NDVI among others. Open to the public, AGMET is an easy to access tool that can help provide valuable insights into the factors that influence crop development and condition.
Dr. Catherine Nakalembe, Lead of NASA Harvest’s Africa Initiative, recently discussed how Earth technology is enabling sustainable agriculture from space at the Ascend 2021 conference. Dr. Nakalembe spoke about the knowledge gaps that exist in agricultural intelligence, how those gaps harm vulnerable communities, and work being done to close them. 
Meet NASA Harvest's Christina Justice who leads the GEOGLAM Crop Monitor for Early Warning (CM4EW) Initiative. Christina discusses her work in agricultural monitoring, how the monthly Early Warning report is produced, and her current efforts developing long lead crop condition forecasts.
From NASA Applied Sciences: NASA Harvest researchers are featured in a series of short, relevant and educational agricultural videos developed by NASA eClips that integrate mathematics, science, data literacy and geography to connect people to real-world projects.
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From NASA Goddard: "Dr. Inbal Becker-Reshef, Program Director of NASA Harvest at UMD’s Department of Geographical Sciences, will share details about how NASA Harvest enables adoption of Earth observations by public and private organizations to benefit food security, agriculture, and human and environmental resilience in the U.S. and worldwide."