The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Two New Training Opportunities from NASA's Applied Remote Sensing Training Program

NASA's Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) has opened registration for two new webinars. The first is New Sensor Highlight: ECOSTRESS. The ECOSTRESS sensor is designed to study terrestrial ecosystems and plant water stress from the International Space Station, and can also be used to better understand crop health, volcanoes, urban heat, wildland fires, and coastal systems.

The second is a 3-part series, SAR for Disasters and Hydrological Applications, and it will walk participants through the use of Google Earth Engine for flood mapping of radar data and presents two new topics: the use of InSAR for characterizing landslides and the generation of a digital elevation model (DEM). This training is also available in Spanish.

Please see the training details and registration information below.

New Sensor Highlight: ECOSTRESS
Please join ARSET’s first lightning style training, designed to support high demand and interest from the applications community in new NASA Earth observing technologies that can be used to support resources management. This webinar will focus on a NASA instrument that was launched and installed on the International Space Station in Summer 2018. Designed to study terrestrial ecosystems and plant water stress from the ISS, ECOSTRESS can also be used to better understand crop health, volcanoes, urban heat, wildland fires, coastal systems, and much more.

The primary science and applications mission of ECOSTRESS is to address three critical questions around vegetation health and agriculture:
  • How is the terrestrial biosphere responding to changes in water availability?
  • How do changes in diurnal vegetation water stress impact the global carbon cycle?
  • Can agricultural vulnerability be reduced through advanced monitoring of agricultural water consumptive use and improved drought estimation?

Course Date: November 20, 2019
Time: 12:00 - 13:00 EST (UTC-5)

Relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals:
  • SDG 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • SDG 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Learning Objectives: By the end of this one-hour introduction, attendees will understand:
  • what parameters are monitored by ECOSTRESS
  • how ECOSTRESS measurements are taken, including the spatial and temporal resolution of the data
  • how to access and download ECOSTRESS data via LPDAAC
  • case study examples of the use of ECOSTRESS for land management applications

Course Format: A single, one-hour part that include a lecture and a question & answer session

Registration Information: https://go.nasa.gov/2BfGtoa


SAR for Disasters and Hydrological Applications
This training builds on the skills taught from previous ARSET SAR trainings in terms of the use of Google Earth Engine for flood mapping of radar data. This training presents two new topics; the use of InSAR for characterizing landslides and the generation of a digital elevation model (DEM).

Learning Objectives: By the end of this training, attendees will be able to:
  • Create a flood map using Google Earth Engine
  • Generate a map characterizing areas where landslides have occurred
  • Generate a digital elevation model (DEM)

Course Dates: December 3, 4, 5, 2019

Times and Registration Information:

Relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals:
  • Target 13.1: Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries
  • SDG 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Course Format: This webinar series will consist of three, two-hour parts
  • Each part will include a presentation on the theory of the topic followed by a demonstration and exercise for attendees.
  • This training is also available in Spanish.