2019 Forest Service–NASA Joint Applications Workshop: Satellite Data to Support Natural Resource Management: A Framework for Aligning NASA Products with Land Management Agency Needs





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Reeves, M.C.; Stavros, E.N.; Glenn, N.F.; Hudak, A.; Peterson, B.; Armstrong, A.; Hinkley, E.; Hoy, E.; Atkins, J.W. 2023. 2019 Forest Service NASA joint applications workshop: Satellite data to support natural resource management: A framework for aligning NASA products with land management agency needs. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-436. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 64 p. https://doi.org/10.2737/RMRS-GTR-436.


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In 2019, approximately 103 participants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service (Forest Service), NASA (including representatives from SMAP, NISAR, ICESat-2, GEDI, CMS), and other federal, private and academic entities attended the USFS-NASA Joint Applications Workshop. The objective of this workshop was to increase awareness and understanding of the capabilities of NASA data products, as well as to develop connections and strengthen partnerships between NASA and the Forest Service. In this vein the workshop sought to identify opportunities for collaboration between the Forest Service and NASA on the topics of (1) soil moisture and hydrology, (2) carbon emissions and flux, and (3) vegetation structure and function. During breakout sessions participants discussed key opportunities and challenges of utilizing NASA technology by land management agencies. The list below represents key high-level opportunities for increased USFS-NASA coordination and collaboration to support sustainable natural resource management.