18/04 – seminario “Remote sensing data in agrometeorology: some examples of applications at FAO”

AVVISO DI SEMINARIO – prof. Fabio Del Frate

Università di Roma “Tor Vergata” – Macroarea di Ingegneria – Aula C3 Edificio Nuovo Didattica

Mercoledì 18 Aprile 2018 – Ore 16:00

Titolo: Remote sensing data in agrometeorology: Some examples of applications at FAO


Remote sensing data are a powerful source of information for agrometeorology, providing high spatial and temporal resolution information about land surfaces characteristics. In particular, the NDVI and NDWI indices are powerful proxies of plant health, biomass production and soil moisture. The information provided is helpful in understanding and modeling biological processes driven by weather and climate parameters, key goals in agrometeorlogy. Nevertheless, the derived models should be calibrated and validated against ground-level data, which is sometimes a challenging task. The talk will illustrate some examples of the use of remote sensing data in the context of FAO projects to support governmental institutions in the implementation or improvement of agrometeorological services and early warning systems.

Speaker: Dr. Raffaella Vuolo,  FAO, Climate and Environmental Division, Adaptation Team.

Raffaella Vuolo has studied atmospheric physics at University of Cagliari and Ecole Polytechnique of Paris and carried out research activities in various institutes in France and Italy, where her main work areas were climate and atmospheric transport modeling and agrometeorological field measurements. She now works with FAO on the use of weather and climate information for agriculture, supporting the development and implementation in developing countries of a climate impact assessment tool, MOSAICC. She also contributes to the crop, weather and climate data collection, quality assessment and analysis through exchanges, trainings and technical support with local experts in the countries.