President and Chief Scientist, Applied GeoSolutions
Dr. Salas formed Applied GeoSolutions (AGS) in 2000, which uses cutting-edge geospatial tools and Earth system models to answer the most pressing questions of agriculture, climate change, public health, and resource management. AGS creates customized tools using biogeochemical modeling, remote sensing, and GIS mapping, collecting and synthesizing crucial information to help our clients make effective, informed decisions. Through AGS, Dr. Salas works on the following for Harvest:
Dr. Salas is also a co-founder and the current CEO of Dagan, 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. By working with those who support farmers, it is Dagan's goal to help make regenerative agriculture practices both accessible and profitable for growers. Dagan uses satellite data (e.g. OpTIS platform) and soil process models (DNDC) to deliver accurate, low-cost, and accessible soil health insights to agricultural stakeholders to support sustainable farming practices worldwide.
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.