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WN@tL this week: Mutlu Özdoğan on satellite crop management

Crop management and the utilization of satellites to map fields from space will be the focus of this week’s Wednesday Nite @ the Lab talk from 7 to 8:15 p.m. in room 1111 of the Genetics-Biotechnology Center Building at 425 Henry Mall.

Mutlu Özdoğan, associate professor in the Department of Forest & Wildlife Ecology and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, will discuss new developments that are aimed at monitoring crops from space, such as worldwide, field-level crop-type mapping efforts that are part of a five-year NASA-funded project. Other examples will focus on Wisconsin and the Midwest, addressing ways to extract more refined agricultural information such as crop-management practices from satellites. This presentation will span a wide range of interests, from global change to food security to farm-level management. You won’t want to miss this learning opportunity!

Özdoğan is a geographer and environmental scientist with 15 years of experience in remote-sensing applications in agriculture and forestry. He earned his doctorate at Boston University, completed his postdoctoral training at NASA, and now is on the faculty at the UW. Some examples of his work include mapping irrigated areas in the United States, updating the land-cover map of Wisconsin in collaboration with the state’s Department of Natural Resources and researching the effects of climate change on crop yields and water availability in the Middle East.

WN@tL is free and open to the public. It can also be viewed via live webcam at www.biotech.wisc.edu/webcams. Afterwards, the archived lecture will be available at www.biotech.wisc.edu/lectures/search.

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