The Harvest Premise
What is NASA Harvest?
- NASA Harvest is a NASA program that aims to enhance the adoption of Earth observations by decision and policy makers (“end users”) in the realms of food security and agriculture by advancing the state of the science of agricultural monitoring and transitioning these novel methods into operational use. It is a dynamic and agile program supported by over 40 leaders in the fields of agriculture and Earth observation from public, private, nongovernmental, intergovernmental, and humanitarian world.
How will Harvest work to strengthen food security?
- Our work begins by addressing first and foremost the priorities, needs, and challenges of our end users from multiple fields. This drives our research & development program, through which we invest in EO data access and utilization technologies geared toward improving the derivation of agricultural information and its provision to end users. By empowering end user organizations to derive and/or access the timely, synoptic, objective, and repeatable EO-based information that they critically need to act or react to a dynamic food system, we can strengthen food security and human resiliency while decreasing market volatility and human vulnerability to food system shocks.
What sort of activities is Harvest undertaking, and where?
- Harvest is a global program with end users and research partners located around the world, working in subsistence to commodity producing agricultural systems. We have a multiscale approach, with both domestic (US) and international foci. Our approach is also multidisciplinary:
- Quantitative and qualitative estimation of environmental and agricultural variables
- EO data assimilation and model integration
- Innovative data access and exploitation modalities
- Knowledge transfer and training activities
- Leveraged relationships with other global initiatives working on EO (e.g. GEOGLAM)
- Prioritized assessment and evaluation of Consortium activities, to improve within program lifetime
- Outreach strategy targeting new communities not yet using EO