Dr. Salas has 30+ years of experience in environmental science and business leadership at NASA JPL, the University of New Hampshire and Applied GeoSolutions (AGS). He is highly regarded throughout the industry for his expertise in remote sensing and biogeochemical modeling. Dr. Salas works on the following with NASA Harvest:
SAR, SAR-optical fusion
Crop type mapping
Assessment of management practices
Rice, irrigation management, GHG
Scaling Decision Support Tools and MRV platforms
Dr. Salas is also a co-founder of Dagan Inc., which was established in 2018 when a passionate group of scientists and data analysts spun off of the research and technology of AGS to help support resilient agriculture practices at scale. In 2020, Dagan merged with FluroSat to form Regrow, focused on integrating the industry-leading expertise of FluroSat and Dagan to drive resilient agriculture adoption across the supply chain. Regrow's digital platform combines agronomy and scenario planning with monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV), contributing to NASA Harvest's sustainable and regenerative agriculture activities.
Prior to forming AGS in 2000, Dr. Salas worked for 5 years at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and for 10 years at Complex Systems Research Center at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). Dr. Salas received his B.S. in Mathematics and Physics at University of Vermont and M.S. and Ph.D. in Natural Resources at UNH. Salas’ expertise and interests include the use of remote sensing tools to model land use and land cover change, soil biogeochemical modeling, and GIS tools for environmental applications. Dr. Salas is an active member of many panels, including the Scientific Advisory Panel for the ALOS Kyoto and Carbon initiative under the auspices of the Japanese Space Agency NASDA. He has also served on the Global Observation of Forest Cover (GOFC) High Resolution Design Team and co-authored the final design document on the role of high-resolution optical and radar systems for operational monitoring of global forests.