2022 CIDA Symposium Keynote: “Using satellites to advance climate-smart agriculture”
From Gabriela Cestero
Moderator: Diane Bailey, Communication, Cornell University
Guest Speakers: David Lobell, Professor of Earth System Science, Stanford University/ Gloria and Richard Kushel Director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment
Agricultural systems are always evolving and adopting new practices. Yet climate change has accelerated the need to change practices, both to (i) adapt to ongoing climate changes and (ii) sequester carbon and offset greenhouse gas emissions. As farmers venture outside their comfort zones, they can benefit from relying not only on their own experiences, but also on the aggregated experience of thousands of similar farmers. Satellite monitoring of agronomic practices and the resulting yield outcomes provide valuable and transparent data for this goal. New causal inference techniques, such as causal forests, can then derive valuable insights from this data. This talk will provide some examples of this approach applied to practices such as no-till and cover cropping and argue that it will soon be plausible for a wide suite of practices throughout the world.
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