GEO Week Ministerial Summit 2023, held from November 6-10 in Cape Town, South Africa, was a pivotal gathering for 115 member governments, and 152 participating organizations including participants from the International GEO Center. The summit highlighted the collaborative ethos that defines the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), uniting more than 100 national governments and numerous organizations.
The Global Land Programme (GLP) will hold their 5th Open Science Meeting (OSM) in Oaxaca, Mexico in November 2024. The GLP is a global interdisciplinary network of science and practice, working to foster understanding of land systems and the next generation of science-based solutions for local- to global-scale challenges.
OSM5 Call for Sessions is now OPEN and the deadline for session submissions is December, 10 2023.
International GEO Innovation Center participants, Prof. Chris Justice and Adjunct Prof. Krishna Vadrevu, are helping with the organization of an international open meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, to facilitate discussions on Land Cover Land Use Change (LCLUC) and its impacts, focusing regionally on Southeast Asian countries and develop international cooperation.
In recognition of her extensive research leveraging Earth observation data and machine learning to improve food security and agricultural livelihoods across regions of Africa, Assistant Professor Catherine Nakalembe of the Department of Geographical Sciences was awarded the 2022 Al-Sumait Prize for African Development.
The award was established in 2013 by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences.
A delegation from the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation visit the International GEO Center to explore cooperation
A delegation of five visitors from the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Agricultural Research Center and the Climate Change Information Center met with Chris Justice, Xiaopeng Song and graduate students Walid Ouaret and Sheila Baber to exchange information on the NASA Harvest, GLAD and the NASA Acres Programs.
First International Collaboration Fellow Explores Low-Carbon Lifestyle and Climate Research in Europe
Xiangjie Chen, a Ph.D.
Center Hosts an International Workshop For Developing Community Guidelines for Validation of Cropland and Crop Type Maps
The International Geo-Innovation Center hosted a Joint Workshop to Develop Community Good Practices for Validating Cropland and Crop Type Maps in Beltsville, MD from Sep 12-14, 2023.
In support of Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)’s Regional Food Balance Sheet (RFBS), the NASA Harvest team at the University of Maryland (UMD) is developing a regional yield sampling framework for evaluating and building a consistent ground dataset for regional yield assessment.
Inbal Becker-Reshef and Chris Justice met with a Chilean delegation from the Natural Resources Information Center (CIREN) to discuss EO applications in agriculture on August 9th, 2023.
A delegation from the University of Adelaide visited UMCP to sign an MOU to collaborate on education and research. The event organized by Ross Lewin, Associate Vice President for International Affairs, provided an opportunity to initiate discussions on areas for potential collaboration.