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AGU Fall Meeting 2021 Scientific Workshop

Applying Earth Observation to extreme weather events in support of humanitarian aid and sustainable development.

The scientific workshop gathered over 100 participants from countries around the world for the discussion of Earth Observation applied to extreme events and sustainable development. The recordings of the event are now available. 

Event leads: Vasco Mantas (U. Coimbra), Andrea Portier (NASA/SSAI), Zhong Liu (GMU/NASA), and George Xian (USGS).


We're excited to announce that the recorded lectures from our workshop are ready for you to explore. If you missed the live sessions or want to review the valuable content, you can now access the recordings. To enjoy a more immersive viewing experience, just click on the YouTube video and select "Full Screen" mode.

Speaker: Thomas Adams (USAID).

Title: USAID perspective: EO data in disaster response

Agenda and list of speakers (archived)

Block 1, refreshing concepts and framing the problem:
08:00 – 08:05: Introductory remarks
08:05 – 08:25: Refreshing Earth Observation fundamentals. (Sean McCartney)
08:30 – 08:45: Cyclone Idai and the Mozambican use case (Pelágio Julião Maxlhaieie)
08:45-09:00: USAID perspective: EO data in disaster response (Thomas Adams)

Block 2, precipitation estimates and flood mapping:

Block 2, precipitation estimates and flood mapping:
09:05 – 09:20: Overview the Global Precipitation Measurement Mission (GPM) and Products (George Huffman)
09:20 – 09:40: GPM Applications (Andrea Portier)
09:40 -10:05: The Integrated Multi-satelitE Retrievals for GPM (IMERG) algorithm product and Cyclone Idai use case (Vasco Mantas)
10:05 – 10:25: Fundamentals of SAR remote sensing (Stian Anfinsen)

10:25 – 10:50: Flood extent mapping using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data (Lisa Landuyt)

10.50-11.00: Break

Block 3, impacts on land and people:
11:00 – 11:30: Land cover change detection using Landsat (George Xian)
11:30 – 12:15: Data access and expedite visualization tools (Zhong Liu)
12:15 – 12:45: Earth Observation data for the Social Sciences (Neide Areia)

12:45 – 13:30: Breakout rooms (Arrange by topics)

Precipitation Estimates
Land Cover
Integrating social data

13:30 – 14:00: Q&A, user survey, and further resources (website, follow-up program)

Speakers (in alphabetic order):

  • Andrea Portier, Science Systems and Applications, Inc. and NASA, USA

  • George Huffman, NASA, USA

  • George Xian, US Geological Survey EROS, USA

  • Lisa Landuyt, VITO, Belgium

  • Neide Areia, Centre for Social Studies – CES, Portugal

  • Pelagio Maxlhaieie, University of Coimbra, Mozambique

  • Sean McCartney, Science Systems and Applications, Inc. and NASA / ARSET, USA

  • Stian Anfinsen, NORCE Norwegian Research Centre, Norway

  • Thomas Adams, USAID / Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), USA

  • Vasco Mantas, University of Coimbra, Portugal

  • Zhong Liu, George Mason University and NASA, USA


Points of contact for this event:

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

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