Technology Transfer and Outreach
Technology transfer workshops provide participants with initial training and “hands on” use of tools and, more importantly, builds networks and connections between scientific research, technology development and stakeholders interested in environmentally and economically sustainable agriculture. To demonstrate the utility of AGS decision support tools, a series of workshops are held in each of the study sites to give an overview of the decision support system and its uses in assessing and contrasting the impact of management practices on the air and watershed. The purposes of these workshops are fourfold:
- Disseminate the benefits and potential of the decision support system to a new audience of potential users
Gain feedback on local management issues, strengths of our product and areas of improvement from a
wide variety of local experts
- Encourage interaction and communication amongst local stakeholders (many of whom have different
approaches to the issue) regarding environmental impacts
- Provide the tool to all participants
Topics addressed in technology transfer workshops included an overview of decision support system models and functionality, demonstrations of case studies for assessing best management practices, a discussion of local management issues and using models to assess alternative management scenarios. Very positive feedback has been received from attendees of our workshop series held at the Elkhorn Slough watershed.
Training & Workshops
AGS provides training and technology transfer seminars on state of the art applications of remote sensing, GIS, and geo-spatial modeling for environmental applications. Training and technology transfer activities have been provided nationally and internationally and included short courses and seminars on the following topics:
- Remote sensing and GIS applications for forest management
- Mapping and monitoring aforestation, reforestation, and deforestation (ARD)
- Mapping and monitoring land use
- Applications of decision support systems for evaluating management alternatives for reducing nutrient
loading at the watershed scale Applications of SAR polarimetry and interferometry
- Hyperspectral and LIDAR remote sensing for natural resource management
- Linking remote sensing and biogeochemical models for estimating trace gas and greenhouse gas
emissions at local to national scales.
- Applications of remote sensing for detection of active fires and fire scars Mapping and monitoring of
AGS has conducted numerous workshops and training seminars throughout the U.S. and internationally on a wide variety of geo-spatial technologies and applications. Workshops and seminars are highly interactive and catered to the specific needs and interests of the attendees.