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Landscape mapping and monitoring with GeoSurvey
18th March 2020 / 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Dr. Markus Walsh is a Senior Research Scientist in Ecosystems and Landscape Ecology with the Earth Institute at Columbia University. He will show how a software application called GeoSurvey (try it @ https://geosurvey.qed.ai/) can be used to rapidly map and monitor land cover and use characteristics of countries and/or other large regions of interest. He will also demonstrate how the Africa Soil Information Service (AfSIS), based in Arusha, Tanzania, is applying the GeoSurvey approach for predictive soil mapping.
This free seminar is aimed at anyone with an interest in how remote sensing, machine learning and predictive mapping can help monitor progress towards the SDGs, particularly in a country like Tanzania. It assumes no prior technical knowledge. There will be a chance to ask questions and the webinar will be recorded. Everyone is welcome to attend!
Dr. Walsh was raised & schooled in Kenya and has over 35 years of professional experience in land degradation, ecosystems & landscape ecology research in Africa. He was a senior research scientist at the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) where he led landscape restoration research in Africa, based out of Kisumu, Kenya. Since 2008 he has been based at the Selian Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) in Arusha, Tanzania.
He has developed numerous practical spectrometry and remote sensing applications for mapping and monitoring biological, chemical and physical characteristics of soils and ecosystems across Africa. After joining the Earth Institute in 2007, his research has focused on developing operational tools for mapping and monitoring of the ecological condition of African landscapes with an emphasis on the application of IT and data science in agriculture. He is passionate about the application of open source information and reproducible research in solving Africa’s natural resource management problems.