NASA’s Applied Remote Sensing Training – Soil Moisture and Evapotranspiration

NASA’s Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) Program has announced a further series of its successful online training sessions on using NASA Remote Sensing.

This time the training is focused on soil moisture and evapotranspiration, using NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Satellite Mission. Find out more about the training and how to apply here.

Brock Blevins, ARSET training coordinator, said

“We are excited to offer this free and open webinar series on NASA soil moisture and evapotranspiration products and how to access and apply them.”

Courses are done online and are aimed at local, regional, state, federal, and international organizations interested in using satellite imagery for decision and policy making activities. There will be two identical sessions held each training date in order to allow for international participation.

Brock Blevins, ARSET training coordinator, said about the new training course:

“Previous ARSET trainings focused on water resources have mainly addressed remote sensing measurements of precipitation and their applications. But precipitation is only one component of the water cycle. NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Satellite Mission is now providing new soil moisture data, and modeling frameworks are providing new evapotranspiration data and we are excited to offer this free and open webinar series on NASA soil moisture and evapotranspiration products and how to access and apply them.

“This webinar is designed for local, regional, state, federal, and international organizations interested in using satellite imagery for decision and policy making activities in the areas of flood, landslide, drought and water resource management and food security. For drought, attendees will learn how to monitor and manage water resources with techniques learned in the training. For disaster managers, soil moisture data can assists in determining areas susceptible to flood and landslides.”

NASA’s Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) Program has been hugely popular. Past participants from the 2015 introductory online Flood Management training represented over 300 organizations from all sectors in over 85 countries. Read more about the previous ARSET training courses here.

Image: NASA
Image: NASA

Course Details and Agenda

Course Dates

Five 1-hour sessions, each Thursday from September 1 to September 29. There will be two identical sessions held each training date in order to allow for international participation: Session (A) at 11:30 am and Session (B) at 6:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time, EDT (US and Canada) (-4:00 UTC).

Prerequisites

An understanding of the concepts and fundamentals of remote sensing. Suggested Material – Session 1: Fundamentals of Remote Sensing

Intended Audience

Local, regional, state, federal, and international organizations interested in using satellite imagery for decision and policy making activities.

Course Agenda

  • Week 1: Introduction to Soil Moisture, Evapotranspiration, and an Overview of the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Satellite Mission
  • Week 2: Applications of SMAP Data
  • Week 3: Accessing SMAP Data
  • Week 4: Landsat-based Evapotranspiration Estimates (METRIC) and Google Earth Engine Evapotranspiration Flux (EEFlux) Portal
  • Week 5: MODIS-based Evapotranspiration (ALEXI) and Soil Moisture and Evapotranspiration data from GLDAS/NLDAS

Find out more about the training and how to apply here.