NASA Harvest News
This month's edition includes a reminder to submit AGU abstracts, new Harvest projects & products, and opportunities!
Led by NASA Harvest Data Lead, Mike Humber, this novel research initiative takes an interdisciplinary approach to connect the dots between available crop data and supply chain disruption. The team will use satellite data estimates of global agricultural yields to assess food supply flows, including regions that are particularly vulnerable to food insecurity.
PhenoCrop: An integrated satellite-based framework to estimate physiological growth stages of corn and soybeans ” describes the new PhenoCrop framework, implements the method within the state of Nebraska for 2012-2016, and tests its performance in three experimental sites in eastern Nebraska.
In an effort led by NASA Harvest in partnership with the Buenos Aires Grain Exchange, the Kenya Ministry of Agriculture, and Lutheran World Relief, the GEO-Amazon Earth Observation Cloud Credits Program has awarded grant funding to a new project for mapping national-scale agricultural practices.
NASA Harvest's Hannah Kerner will serve on the Technical Advisory Panel for The Lacuna Fund's agricultural RFP. The Lacuna Fund is a collaborative effort providing scientists in low- and middle-income contexts with resources to produce labeled datasets addressing urgent problems in their communities. Applications for agricultural project funding in Sub-Saharan Africa are due 9/3/20!
Upcoming Events
NASA Earth Applied Sciences Week is a virtual event highlighting NASA Earth science and how Earth observations are utilized to make positive impacts globally, from bolstering food security to monitoring water resources and disaster prevention. Led by the NASA Applied Sciences Program , the online gathering will showcase experts, stakeholders, and end-users who are working towards solving Earth's most important issues. Register today and catch the NASA Harvest Program overview on August 3rd!
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 will be held virtually this year. NASA Harvest's Alyssa Whitcraft will co-convene a session on " Remote sensing applications for assessing the impacts of COVID-19 on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and helping with mitigation response ", our Africa Lead Catherine Nakalembe is co-convening a session titled " Earth Observation Applications to Agriculture and Food Security System Shocks " with partners at SERVIR, FAO, and USAID, and Harvest's Hannah Kerner is leading the " Machine Learning for Planetary Science " session. NASA's Applied Sciences Water Resources Program is also sponsoring the " Remote Sensing Applications for Water Management " session. Today is the deadline to submit abstracts !