NASA Harvest in collaboration with UMD Geographical Sciences conducts several training programs for agricultural monitoring.
Student Training Program in Argentina
NASA Harvest and the Buenos Aires Grain Exchange (Bolsa de Cereales) have jointly implemented an educational program for high school scholars in the Buenos Aires province. The program focuses on the importance of sustainability in agriculture and the role of remotely sensed satellite data in agricultural monitoring.
The program covers topics on the agro-industrial sector and the role of Argentina in international markets and satellite data applications for the characterization of agricultural production in Argentina. Students get the opportunity to work with satellite imagery and are introduced to remote sensing, big data and artificial intelligence.
NASA SERVIR Eastern Africa Hub Training
NASA Harvest team members hosted the NASA SERVIR Eastern Africa Hub from Nairobi, Kenya for training as part of a concluding NASA SERVIR Applied Science Team Project. The International GEO-Innovation Center's Dr. Catherine Nakalembe, Dr. Ritvik Sahajpal were part of the NASA Harvest team conducting the training.
The workshop focused on scalable cropland mapping with deep learning and on crop yield estimation using remotely sensed datasets. The training covered fundamental topics in machine learning, satellite time series data, labeling, utilizing the Global Agriculture Monitoring System (GLAM), and basic crop yield forecasting. At the end of the training, participants could generate their projects for cropland mapping with deep learning and perform crop condition analysis and estimate crop yield.