NASA Harvest News
NASA Harvest Africa Program Lead, Dr. Catherine Nakalembe, recently led a team of researchers reviewing a number of open-access operational agricultural monitoring systems for several African countries. Comparing and contrasting the various systems, the data they use, and their resulting outputs, the study is an especially good resource for stakeholders lacking technical expertise but interested in utilizing EO data for agricultural monitoring.
Dr. Hannah Kerner [NASA Harvest Domestic Co-Lead and AI Lead] was recently featured by NASA Applied Sciences on her work integrating machine learning and EO data to combat global food insecurity. The profile also expands on her efforts encouraging female STEM education, civic engagement, and the underlying motivation that drives her to create positive change for both the world and her local community.
NASA Harvest Deputy Director and Manager, Dr. Alyssa Whitcraft, recently moderated a panel focusing on food security challenges across the globe and the necessary steps to combat them. The panel was part of a webinar publicizing the Deep Space Food Challenge (DSFC), an international competition where participants develop new methods for producing food during long-term space missions. In addition to the celestial ambitions, DSFC hopes that these innovative methods will create new terrestrial applications that can be used to help overcome food insecurity on Earth.
Dr. Hannah Kerner [Domestic Co-Lead and AI Lead], Christina Justice [S & SE Asia Lead; Food Security Early Warning Co-Lead], and Dr. Christopher Justice [Harvest Chief Scientist] were recently recognized by the University of Maryland’s Department of Geographical Sciences for their achievements over the past year.
Satellite Expert Takes the High Road to Help Improve Agriculture
Beginning with the respect for the human aspect of agriculture that she gained growing up on a vineyard and continuing through to the creation of NASA Harvest with Drs. Inbal Becker-Reshef and Christopher Justice, Dr. Alyssa Whitcraft tells the story of how the Harvest Consortium was founded and how the leadership team ensures that people stay at the center of the Consortium's focus.
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Live Q&A Session with the Down to Earth Podcast
June 7, 2021
Just over four months ago, Episode 1 of GRSS IDEA’s Down To Earth Podcast was released. Since then, nine inspirational women have shared their journey in geoscience and their trials along the way, including NASA Harvest's Dr. Alyssa Whitcraft. Join the Down to Earth team on June 7th at 10 am EDT to celebrate all of the hard work that has gone into the podcast. You will hear from the podcast guests and host, and even get a chance to win some prizes. Register today!
This webinar will train participants on the use of Google Earth Engine (GEE) in the accessing and analysis of EO data for land monitoring applications. Specifically, the training will cover change detection, time series analysis, land cover classification, accuracy assessment, as well as scripting in the GEE Code Editor. Participants will be provided scripts and will learn how to execute them to perform these analyses and produce maps and visualizations. Skills learned in this training apply to various geospatial applications including mapping land cover change and degradation and monitoring agricultural conversion and expansion.
The International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) will be hosting its 2021 Congress virtually in June 2021. The meeting convenes every four years and provides a platform for Society members, as well as other PRS researchers by invitation, to present recent advances in the field. Delayed from the initial 2020 meeting, the 2021 meeting has gone virtual. NASA Harvest’s Mehdi Hosseini will be presenting on Harvest’s efforts analyzing crop conditions post-Iowa derecho in August 2020. Meeting information will be provided in a future newsletter once official program is released by ISPRS.
IGARSS 2021 Symposium will focus on crossing the borders that exist between countries and research institutes; different collection platforms; data sources; and disciplines. In an attempt to increase accessibility, IGARSS has created an online platform that will run concurrently with the in-person events in Brussels. More info can be found here.