NASA Harvest News
Dr. Bradley Doorn on NASA APPEL's Small Steps Giant Leaps Podcast: NASA Data Applications Helping to Solve Earth's Greatest Challenges
Dr. Bradley Doorn serves as the Program Manager for both NASA Harvest and WWAO, NASA's Agriculture and Water Resources programs, respectively. With over 35 years experience in applying Earth observations to societal issues, Doorn leads several NASA teams of water and agriculture applied research experts, coordinating a national community of funded researchers. As a leader of NASA's Applied Sciences Program, within NASA's Earth Science Division, he fosters collaborations with decision makers and partnerships with NASA research, satellite missions and education to enable the uptake and use of Earth observation data. He sat down with NASA APPEL's "Small Steps, Giant Leaps" podcast team to discuss applications for remotely-sensed data that contribute to solving some of today's most pressing challenges related to food security, water management, and building more resilient agricultural systems.
Harvest continues to closely track global crop conditions and supply chain issues in the context of the Russian war in Ukraine. Food security specialist, Gary Eilerts, chronicles the ongoing cost of living crises and highlights several countries most at risk of experiencing shortfalls.
In this GEOGLAM Crop Monitor Special Report, analysts detail the environmental conditions that have led to the 4th consecutive drought throughout Eastern Africa. Crops are suffering due to lack of rainfall as there is severe vegetation stress in many areas due to the multi-year dryness.
Hosted by ESA, the Symposium provides a platform for scientists from around the world to share their research using Earth observation data to increase understanding of the planet. Harvest partners are co-convening 5 sessions; giving 16 oral presentations; and serving as co-authors on dozens of papers and posters.
AI4EO is an ESA Φ-lab initiative, striving to bring the worlds of artificial intelligence and Earth observations closer together by encouraging collaboration between the two communities. In her keynote, Dr. Kerner congratulates the contestants and speaks of the impacts that this work has across the agricultural sector.
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This year's Women in Tech Global summit theme is ‘HERoes Shaping tomorrow’, celebrating women across the world who are key innovators of our society and economy. The Summit will kick off in Paris on May 30th for 2 days of content, with the aim of informing, inspiring and catalyzing collective efforts to reduce the gender and digital gap in STEAM by 2030. Dr. John Bolten will speak alongside a diverse group of experts on NASA's role in agricultural monitoring and water resource management.
NASA’s Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) is hosting a 3-part online training introducing evapotranspiration (ET) data products and various applications of the data. ET, or the process in which water is returned from the land surface to the atmosphere in the form of moisture, is an important variable to understand agricultural water stress in vegetation and the soil. This makes it an important input in determining water budgets and water management strategies. The training will have morning and afternoon sessions on each of the 3 days and will cover NASA's OpenEt and ECOSTRESS platforms.
Harvest's John Bolten of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is convening a session at the American Geophysical Union's Frontiers in Hydrology meeting. The meeting will take place June 19-24 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The session, Remote Sensing Applications for Agricultural Water Management, is looking for work that utilizes remote sensing products, numerical modeling, and machine learning to advance decision making around agricultural water management.