NASA Harvest News
The GEOGLAM Crop Monitor has released a new and improved version of the website, featuring updated content, new formatting, and user-friendly navigation. The new website provides an enhanced user experience and is paired with the launch of the new Crop Monitor Exploring Tool that allows easy navigation of global crop conditions and enables quick identification of hot spots where crop condition changes occur from month to month.
NASA Harvest partners with the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization under a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded pilot project aimed at developing satellite-based tools and products to support agricultural monitoring and improve crop yield estimates across different countries.
Meet NASA Harvest's Sheila Baber! Sheila is working on a number of Harvest projects including: cropland mapping in conflict zones, yield prediction in smallholder settings in Africa, and writing policy papers on applying yield models in operational settings. Learn more about Sheila's work with Harvest!
Rainfall, soil moisture, and vegetation productivity is below average across many food production areas, from southern Zambia to South Africa. NASA Harvest partner researchers at the UCSB Climate Hazards Center highlight important factors driving the extreme dry spell and explain how warnings about El Niño impacts in Southern Africa gave very early indications for 2023-24 drought conditions.
Upcoming Events
The NASA STELLA team is hosting their spring webinar in April. STELLA is a Landsat Science project that develops portable low-cost do-it-yourself (DIY) handheld spectrometers. Once assembled, the devices can make 18 spectral measurements as well as surface temperature measurements of emitted thermal infrared energy. The webinar will have a select panel of STELLA users talking about their experiences using STELLA DIY spectrometers. The webinar is free, open to the public, and can be watched at this Zoom link (Passcode: 015305).