[CODATA-international] NASA ARSET Training Invitation - Satellite Remote Sensing for Agricultural Applications

Suchith Anand Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Mon Mar 16 10:34:50 EDT 2020

Dear colleagues,

Registration is open for an a new open, online webinar series on Satellite Remote Sensing for Agricultural Applications. This 4-part series will focus on data access and case-studies demonstrating how remote sensing data can be used for decision-making among the agriculture and food security communities. Please see the training details and registration information below.

Since the launch of NASA’s first Landsat mission in 1972, satellite imagery has been used for global agricultural monitoring, providing one of the longest operational applications for the Landsat program. Although satellite observations of land began with agricultural monitoring, only in recent years has agricultural remote sensing seen reinvigoration among space agencies, national ministries of agriculture, and global initiatives. To monitor agricultural systems, NASA utilizes satellite observations to assess a wide variety of geophysical and biophysical parameters, including: precipitation, temperature, evapotranspiration, soil moisture, and vegetation health.

The Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET)  webinars on land and water resources covered remote sensing-derived parameters relevant to agriculture within a broader scope. This 4-part introductory webinar will focus on data products, data access, and case-studies demonstrating how remote sensing data can be used for decision-making among the agriculture and food security communities.

This training will address how to use remote sensing data for agriculture monitoring, specifically drought and crop monitoring. The webinar will also provide end-users the ability to evaluate which regions of the world agricultural productivity is above or below long-term trends. This informs decisions pertaining to market stability and humanitarian relief.

Relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals:

  *   Goal 2:<https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg2> End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  *   Target 2.4:<https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/metadata/?Text=&Goal=2&Target=2.4> By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality

Course Dates: April 14, 21, 28, and May 5, 2020

Times: 10:00-11:30 & 16:00-17:30 EDT (UTC-4); There will be identical sessions at two different times of the day

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this training, attendees will be able to:

  *   Identify which satellites and sensors can be used for agricultural applications
  *   Understand the limitations of remote sensing and modeled data for agriculture and food security
  *   Acquire specific remote sensing data products that are appropriate for their work
  *   Apply remote sensing techniques to crop monitoring, drought, and humanitarian relief

Course Format:

Four online, 1.5-hour parts.

Please see the training details and registration information at https://arset.gsfc.nasa.gov/water/webinars/remote-sensing-for-agriculture-20

Best wishes,


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