“Future Food and Water Security – the Role of Remote Sensing“ with Wolfram Mauser (Ludwig Maximilians University, Germany)

Abstract: Food and water are central resources for human civilizations, yet a growing and more prosperous global population will stress the global resources. A future sustainabble development will have to a secure the supply of affordable food. This is through developing maximum efficiency in managing water, soil and mineral resources for food production. Space based remote sensing will be the indispesable data backbone, which feeds Digital Twins of each agricultural field of the Globe with the necessary information to simulate beforehand individual management decision of farmers for maximum effiency and sustainablility in securing food production. The presentation will give the theoretical background of twinning Earth Observation with advanced farm simulation models and give concrete examples on their application in the real world.

Wolfram Mauser works in the fields of hydrology, food security, remote sensing, and Earth System modeling. His major interests are in observing human impacts on Earth from space, the understanding of human-environment relations through simulation, and the impacts of limited water resources and climate change on global as well as regional food security. His book Water Resources: Efficient, Sustainable, and Equitable Use gives insights into integrative approaches towards sustainable future water use. Wolfram received his MS in Physics, MS in Geography, and his PhD in Hydrology from the University of Freiburg, Germany. He was a visiting scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the University of Maryland and conducted extended research visits to Africa, China, India, and South America. Until end of 2021 he held the Chair for Geography and Remote Sensing at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich and now supports the satellite based remote sensing services company, VISTA in Munich Germany.

Webinar was recorded on May 5, 2022