ESSIC Assistant Research Scientists Amy McNally and Iliana E. Mladenova recently co-authored a paper titled “Hydrologic and Agricultural Earth Observations and Modeling for the Water-Food Nexus” in Frontiers: in Environmental Science.
The paper highlights the inextricable link between sustainable access to water and food and basic human rights. The authors present case studies of how Earth observations are being used in applications at the nexus of water and food security: crop monitoring in support of G20 global marketing assessments, water stress early warning for USAID, soil moisture monitoring for USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, and more.
These case studies demonstrate that Earth observations are essential for providing the data and scalability to monitor relevant indicators across space and time, as well as understanding agriculture, the hydrological cycle, and the water-food nexus.
The paper is now public and available for viewing here: “Hydrologic and Agricultural Earth Observations and Modeling for the Water-Food Nexus”.