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NASA Harvest News
Harvest Partners Present on Capacity Development in GEOGLAM at the 2020 GEO Virtual Symposium
The virtual week-long 2020 GEO Symposium covered a multitude of Earth Observation topics including EO for COVID-19 recovery, engagement across multi-disciplinary organizations, leveraging modern technologies, dataset integration, and much more.
Dr. Alyssa Whitcraft [Deputy Director, NASA Harvest, & GEOGLAM Program Scientist/CapDev Co-Lead] along with Dr. Andy Nelson [CapDev Co-Lead, GEOGLAM] gave a detailed presentation on GEOGLAM's capacity development activities, providing insight into their collaborative, community-focused, and end-user-driven approach. They place emphasis on the pillars of impactful collaboration including building trust, effective communication, complementary initiatives, high-utility outcomes, and active stakeholder involvement. Watch the presentation to learn more!
Since 2011, AMIS and GEOGLAM have been charged with enhancing agricultural market transparency and encouraging coordination of policy action in response to market uncertainty to mitigate the risk of future price crises. Check out the new Crop Monitors story map detailing the history, need, coverage, and effectiveness of the Crop Monitors for AMIS and Early Warning.
In response to market disruptions and food price increases resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, NASA Harvest partners at IFPRI FSP released the COVID-19 Price Monitor. This online dashboard tracks agricultural market conditions and flags price changes.
After years of operational use and valuable feedback from partners, it was time to redesign the Global Agricultural Monitoring (GLAM) system to be faster with increased flexibility, capitalizing on new datasets coming online and modern computing architectures.
NASA Harvest and partners are forging ahead on a synergistic effort with the NISAR Mission to grow the use of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) for agricultural applications by scaling metrics of crop type, irrigation, soil moisture, production, and waterfowl habitat.
Upcoming Events
CEOS Analysis Ready Data for Land (CARD4L) are satellite data that have been processed to a minimum set of requirements and organized to allow immediate analysis with minimal user effort. The CEOS ARD webinar will be the first in a series covering various aspects of both ARD and Future Data Architectures in an effort to strengthen dialogue between CEOS and the broader community. Webinar discussions will explore which interfaces and cooperative activities are needed to increase data use, choice and flexibility.
October 13 - 15, 2020
Planet Explore 2020 is set to be held virtually this year and will be free for all attendees! The live event will include talks from several keynote speakers, opportunities to learn from end users, and discussions on leveraging satellite imagery and insights. Goals of the annual conference are to " bring together industry thought leaders, customers, partners, end users, and developers for two days of learning and conversation."
This year's AWRA Conference aims to cover a variety of topics revolving around innovative, practical, and applied water resource management solutions, management techniques, and current research. Water resources as they relate to agricultural productivity, drought effects, and sustainability are among the wide-ranging areas of focus with an emphasis on lessons learned from multidisciplinary projects, best practices in resource applications, and policy decision impacts.
The AGU 2020 Fall Meeting is currently in flux this year, with a determination to be made in August as to whether the conference will be held virtually or in-person in San Francisco, depending on information from science and health professionals. Either way, NASA Harvest's Alyssa Whitcraft will co-convene a session titled "Remote sensing applications for assessing the impacts of COVID-19 on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and helping with mitigation responses." More details to come!