The Climate Change, Energy & Water Research Institute (CEWRI) of the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) in collaboration with the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is organizing a 3 days International Training Workshop on Earth Observation Applications in Agriculture from 26th – 28th December, 2018 at NARC Islamabad under its regional project HI-AWARE.
Estimates and forecasts of crop area and yield are of critical importance to policy makers for the planning of agricultural production and monitoring of food supply. The operational use of satellite based open source information to monitor climate and crop at daily to seasonal along with models for integrated analysis of crop performance provides cost effective means to support decision making process.
Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) is the apex agricultural research organization at the national level. Its main objective is to strengthen Pakistan’s agricultural research system, comprising the federal and provincial components. Capacity building of agriculture professionals in use of new technologies is one of its priority area to keep the research align with recent technological developments. Satellite Earth Observation (EO) technologies has tremendous potential to support the implementation of long-term and large-scale research and development programs resolving the data and information gaps concerning agriculture issues: the status and change in land use, the agricultural production, and the resilience for food security, among many other aspects.
This workshop aims to train professionals from relevant institutions on satellites data analysis for agriculture monitoring. In addition, this training will provide knowledge on theories of optical remote sensing, microwave radar data analysis and hands-on practice in Sentinel data analysis by utilizing Google Earth Engine (GEE) cloud computing platform. The training is also expected to initiate and foster further training by the workshop participants to promote institutional capacities in use of Earth Observation technologies for agriculture sector.