Using Satellite Data as a Climate Adaptation Strategy to Enhance Food Security
There is enormous potential for satellite data to inform agricultural decision-making for improved food security in countries worldwide. As the effects of climate change escalate and intensify, the relevance of Earth observation and the opportunities for its application have never been greater.
This webinar will explore concrete ways that remote sensing data can be used to inform climate risks to food production and food security; strengthen climate adaptation in agriculture; and inform the transformation of food systems to meet the needs of the world’s most climate-vulnerable people. Our panel of speakers will share examples of how they are using satellite and weather data to support the provision of agricultural insurance to small landholders at very low cost; how climate services can be used to guide and inform decision-making and policy development in the agricultural sector; and how the SERVIR program in the Hindu Kush Himalaya region is helping national agencies use advanced but easy-to-use Earth observation technologies in decision-making and food security planning.
We hope that you will join us for this event and what will surely be an interesting conversation.
Molly E Brown
Research Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences
University of Maryland
Molly E Brown is Research Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland and the Chief Science Officer of 6th Grain Corporation, a digital agriculture company based in the United States. Molly has two decades of experience in interdisciplinary research using satellite remote sensing data and models with socio-economic and demographic information to better understand drivers of food security. She has worked on conflict, climate, and agricultural development impacts on communities in Africa and Asia, with a focus on improving decision-making at a variety of scales. She has a bachelor’s of science in biology and environmental studies from Tufts University, and a master’s and PhD in geography from the University of Maryland College Park.
Walter E Baethgen
Senior Research Scientist and Director of the Regional and Sectoral Research program in the International Research Institute for Climate and Society
The Earth Institute, Columbia University
Walter E. Baethgen is Senior Research Scientist and Director of the Regional and Sectoral Research program in the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) at The Earth Institute, Columbia University, and he served as Acting Director of the Agriculture and Food Security Center. He has established regional programs that aim to improve climate risk assessment and risk management in agriculture, health, water resources, and natural ecosystems. In 2020 he became the Vice-president of the Board of Directors of the Uruguayan National Agricultural Research Institute (INIA). Baethgen was an author in IPCC’s Second, Third and Fourth Assessment Reports, and he was a member of the IPCC team that received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He obtained his PhD and M.Sc. degrees in Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and his B.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Uruguay.
Faisal Mueen Qamer
Remote Sensing Specialist
international Centre for Integrated Mountain Development
Faisal Mueen Qamer is Remote Sensing Specialist at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). He leads the food security and climate services related work at ICIMOD. He is responsible for framing geospatial information-based approaches to support decision-making process in the agriculture sector, and he contributes to capacity-building through close engagement with local, national, and international partners. His work spans across ICIMOD’s eight regional member countries, with special focus on Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan.
Earth Observations for Food Security and Agriculture: The Climate Edition
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