Using the Global Agricultural and Disaster Assessment System (GADAS) for Crop Condition Assessments and Capacity-Building Efforts
This webinar will provide a demonstration on how to use the tools on the Global Agricultural and Disaster Assessment System (GADAS) to do desktop analysis, and a case study on how USDA/FAS is using GADAS to build host country capacity with the Ministry of Agriculture in Honduras. GADAS is a publicly accessible USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) platform that was designed to integrate a vast array of highly detailed earth observation data streams particularly targeted towards agricultural and disaster assessment analysis in an easy-to-use web environment. The publicly available system combines daily climate, satellite imagery, and other geospatial data with refined analytical programs capable of comparing and quantifying agricultural production prospects from the desktop. The system also helps with anticipating potential disasters (cyclone tracking, drought evolution) as well as rapid pre and post-disaster agricultural assessments.
This ground-breaking web-GIS (Geographic Information System) platform provides access to routine global geospatial products (maps, charts, tables) that analysts require for comprehensive situational investigations and/or routine assessments, and frees up time for end-users to think about the implications of unfolding events rather than spending countless hours creating the raw products from which intelligence or impacts can be gleaned.
Kenneth Pelman, PMP is a GIS Program Manager currently working for ASRC Federal under contract to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
Andrés H. Romero is an International Program Specialist with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, Office of Capacity Building and Development.
Justin D. Jenkins is a Crop Assessment Analyst with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, Office of Global Analysis.