MS student project: measuring pasture production with satellite data

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin
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The environmental observation and informatics (EOI) program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and scientists at Organic Valley are recruiting a student to support a project to provide reports to farmers that include estimates of forage biomass and quality as measured from satellites. The student will interpret and analyze high-resolution satellite imagery, develop and validate statistical models, and communicate results to scientists and farmers. The EOI program is 32-credit master of science degree completed over 15 months (program starts in June 2023 and is completed in August 2024). EOI is a professionally focused MS where students focus on coursework and complete an independent project with a professional organization. Through the EOI coursework, students will learn the following skills to support the project with Organic Valley: 1) Fundamentals of environmental remote sensing; image interpretation, digital image processing. 2) Experience with a variety of earth observation data: satellite data such as Landsat, Sentinel, and Planet, airborne hyperspectral and LiDAR, UAV imagery. 3) Statistical foundations of hypothesis testing and regression, advanced spatial statistics. 4) Writing scripts in a programming environment, such as R, Python, and Google Earth Engine. 5) Professional skills for project management, communication, and collaboration
The ideal candidate for this project will have the following qualifications: 1) Background in agriculture, agronomy, agroecology, or related field either through undergraduate degree or work experience. 2) Familiarity with geospatial data, including GIS platforms and simple analyses. 3) Interest in collaborating with non-academic audiences to identify the most appropriate data and methods to produce desired outcomes for farmers. 4) Experience with rotational grazing dairy farms in the United States. 5) A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
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Sarah Graves, EOI Program Manager
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