Tailored opportunities: Free online training on Satellite Remote Sensing for Agricultural Applications

What?

ince 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.

Past 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.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 with sessions offered twice a day
  • A certificate of completion will also be available to participants who attend all sessions and complete the homework assignment, which will be based on the webinar sessions. Note: certificates of completion only indicate the attendee participated in all aspects of the training, they do not imply proficiency on the subject matter, nor should they be seen as a professional certification. 

Who?

Prerequisite: Anyone with a background experience on GIS or remote sensing or who have taken this training.

When?

Date Range: April 14, 2020. April 21, 2020. April 28, 2020. May 5, 2020.Times: 10:00-11:30 ET and 16:00-17:30 ET

How?

Registration information are available here and here

More details on this opportunity is available here.

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