Satellite technologies that could lead to more effective
monitoring of crops, natural resources
and disease outbreaks will be the
focus of the Space-Based Tools for Valley Economic Growth Conference
on April 26 at the Castle Airport Aviation and Development Center in
California’s Central Valley.

Attendees will hear David Peterson, chief of NASA Ames Research
Center’s Earth Sciences Division, speak about NASA’s geospatial
technologies that have applications for agriculture and natural
resource assessment.

"NASA’s remote sensing data and models of the Earth system are
being used to understand the entire Earth system and predict its
response to natural and human-induced change," said
Peterson.  "These same tools can be applied to many
practical applications, from weather prediction to disasters to
agriculture and resources.  What I hope to illustrate during the
conference is how ‘space based tools,’ including commercial ones, can
be used in a meaningful way by the end user community."

In addition to the introduction of NASA’s latest developments, the
audience also will be able to learn more about the licensing and
commercialization of space innovations.

"NASA technologies and knowledge are valuable resources often
overlooked by many traditional industries," said executive
director of the Far West Regional Technology Transfer Center Ken
Dozier. "New high-velocity markets demand that competitive firms
examine all options, and hopefully, this event will begin a series of
dialogs that will lead to economic development in the Merced

For more information regarding the Space-Based Tools for Valley
Economic Growth event, contact the County of Merced at