Workshop title: Applying Earth Observation Data for Research and Applications in Sustainable Development

When: 05 December, 2022

Where: Online, part of the AGU Fall Meeting 2022

Registration is mandatory and the number of seats is limited. Participants from low (tier 1 ) and middle-low (tier 2) income countries, as defined by the World Bank, are eligible for free registration.

Registration website and list of Tier 1 & Tier 2 countries.

Organizers: Vasco Mantas (University of Coimbra/CITEUC) and Andrea Portier (NASA/SSAI)

List of speakers (alphabetically):

• Andrea Portier (NASA/ SSAI)
• Brock Blevins (NASA ARSET/ SSAI)
• Gabriel Senay (USGS)
• George Xian (USGS EROS)
• Jackson Tan (NASA/ University of Maryland Baltimore Co)
• Karyn Tabor (NASA/ SSAI)
• Melanie Follette-Cook (NASA ARSET)
• Neide Areia (CES)
• Thomas Stanley (NASA/ University of Maryland Baltimore Co)
• Tyler Erickson (Google)
• Vasco Mantas (University of Coimbra / CITEUC)
• Zhong Liu (NASA/ George Mason University)


Sustainable development requires an informed decision-making process. Earth Observation data, from the growing constellation of scientific and private satellites, is now an integral part of mapping, monitoring, and modeling processes.

Imagery and data collected from missions operated by agencies around the world (e.g., GPM, Landsat, SMAP) support spatially-explicit analyses of risk and impacts, including in countries with limited monitoring networks in place. The diversity and volume of data available, advances in machine- and deep-learning applications, and the need to engage stakeholders in a meaningful way create opportunities but also challenges to scientists, practitioners, and decision-makers.

In this workshop, we will guide users through a comprehensive analysis of available datasets and state-of-the-art methodologies with practical applications. Participants will learn about the fundamentals of key missions, be exposed to inspirational applications presented by leading researchers and developers, and create a fully operational data analysis and dissemination web app using Google Earth Engine. Participants from Tier 1 and 2 countries continue to be eligible to register for the workshop at no cost.

At the website participants will be able to access training materials and showcase examples of successful uses of EO data for sustainable development. Participants from countries or regions with limited in situ monitoring systems are strongly encouraged to register.

After the workshop, participants will be invited to share applications developed using skills learned in the event. The solutions will be showcased on the workshop website and shared with a panel of subject-matter experts.

Detailed agenda

Note: all times CT (Chicago time zone)

Part 1: Introduction
08.00: Vasco Mantas / Andrea Portier, Opening remarks
08.05: Vasco Mantas / Andrea Portier, The wealth of EO data for sustainable development
08.15: Jackson Tan, GPM
08.30: Karyn Tabor, SMAP
08.45: George Xian, Landsat
09.00: Q&A period
09.10: Break

Part 2: Data discovery and use cases
09.15: Brock Belvins, NASA resources and trainings available
09.30 Zhong Liu, Discovery and access to NASA products and services.
09.45: Gabriel Senay, Remote sensing-based evapotranspiration modeling for crop water use mapping, water
availability assessment, and drought monitoring
10.05: Thomas Stanley, LHASA 2.0
10.25: Neide Areia, Predictors of public engagement in drought risk management
10.45: Q&A period
10.55 Break

Part 3: Live demo
11.10: Tyler Erickson, Introduction to Google Earth Engine
11.35: Andrea Portier, GPM applications
11.45: Vasco Mantas, Google Earth Engine hands-on demo for IMERG data
13.15: Open discussion period

Part 4: Workshop wrap-up
13.45: Workshop recap and final announcements

Contact us:

Contact points:

vasco.mantas /at/ or andrea.m.portier /at /

You can also use our contact form.