NASA Harvest News
NASA is increasing its decades-long investment in U.S. agriculture through the launch of NASA Acres, a new domestic-focused consortium that unites physical, social, and economic scientists with leaders in agriculture from public and private sectors. Acres's mission is to bring NASA data, science, and tools down-to-Earth for the benefit of the many people working to feed the nation.
NASA Harvest, alongside NASA Applied Sciences and the Navajo Nation Water Management Branch hosted a food security panel during SXSW 2023. The panelists explained how NASA satellite data helps bolster food security analyses and water access, and how the current efforts of two of NASA's program areas (Water Resources and Agriculture) are working to improve agricultural decision making, better balance conservation and water needs, and more accurately identify hard hit drought areas.
Dr. Catherine Nakalembe highlighted the efforts of the NASA Harvest Africa Initiative at a Devex-hosted 2023 SXSW event, focused on mitigating the effects of climate change on agriculture. Nakalembe spoke on the importance of developing tools that increase satellite data accessibility and usability for farmers and policymakers across vulnerable regions of east and southern Africa.
Harvest Demonstrates Role of Earth Observations for Food Security to G20 Agriculture Minister Meeting
NASA Harvest Chief Scientist, Dr. Chris Justice, and South Asia Lead, Meghavi Prashnani, attended a recent meeting of international Agricultural Ministers to present on the Group on Earth Observation’s Global Agricultural Monitoring (GEOGLAM) activities and how the initiative is using remotely sensed Earth observation data to monitor global agriculture.
2020 Africa Food Prize winner and NASA Harvest Africa Lead, Catherine Nakalembe, met with other former Africa Food Prizes Awardees during the 36th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Awardees spoke on a panel about their journeys before and after receiving the award. Nominations for the 2023 Africa Food Prize remain open through May 16, 2023. The winner will be announced in September in Tanzania.
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NASA’s Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) is building off previous agricultural monitoring workshops with a 3 part online advanced training on the use of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and optical imagery for crop mapping. The training will demonstrate advanced remote sensing techniques like polarimetry and dynamic modeling of canopy structure to monitor crop growth. It will also cover the use of machine learning methods of crop type classification using Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 datasets. The webinar is available in English and Spanish.
Join leading Earth observation researchers and industry experts at this two-day event, where NASA Harvest Director, Dr. Inbal Becker-Reshef, will give a keynote on Harvest and Planet's joint food security response framework. She will discuss the role satellite data plays in the face of agrifood system challenges, specifically highlighting remote sensing applications in response to the war in Ukraine. Network with peers and attend compelling presentations that inspire action, and network with industry thought leaders.
Harvest team members including Carnegie Mellon University Africa, Rwanda Space Agency and Clark University will host the 1st Machine Learning for Remote Sensing Workshop during the International Conference on Learning Representations in Kigali, Rwanda. The goal of this workshop is to solicit research papers addressing advancements in the following topics as well as other relevant topics in Machine Learning for Remote Sensing, including solutions specific to the African context.