Down To Earth: A podcast for Geoscientists by Geoscientist
S2 (Ep2) Down to Earth: Combating Climate Change Through Data Presentation

S2 (Ep2) Down to Earth: Combating Climate Change Through Data Presentation

November 24, 2021

"Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts". This is sustainable development goal 13, which is set to be realized nine years from now. How are remote sensing scientists addressing this goal, and how close are we to achieving it? We talk to Dr. Beth Tellman, to find out, and she gives us some surprising answers!

S2 (Ep3) Down to Earth: Scientific Integrity in the Era of “Fake News”

S2 (Ep3) Down to Earth: Scientific Integrity in the Era of “Fake News”

November 24, 2021

In the era of “fake news”, false and misleading information has become a disease, spreading rapidly through internet channels and leading to a decrease in the public’s trust in science. So what are scientists doing about it? In this episode, we speak with Dr. Manil Maskey to learn how stewardship of datasets and training models plays a key role in ensuring scientific integrity in the field of remote sensing. Using AI datasets and training models as an example, we look at who is responsible for stewardship, how data is quality-controlled, and how stewardship impacts scientific integrity, particularly as technology evolves over time.

S2 (Ep1) Down to Earth: A ”Time Series” of Machine Learning in Earth Observation

S2 (Ep1) Down to Earth: A ”Time Series” of Machine Learning in Earth Observation

November 1, 2021

From its rudimentary emergence in the 50s, to the more recent development of deep learning, machine learning been an complete game changer when it comes to being able to quickly interpret and act on remote sensing data. In this episode, we speak with three scientists, Dr. Jón Atli Benediktsson, Dr. Paolo Gamba, and Dr. Naoto Yokoya, to trace the evolution of machine learning in earth observation and how it has permanently shifted the earth observation landscape!

Down to Earth: Mentorship in Geoscience

Down to Earth: Mentorship in Geoscience

May 14, 2021

Throughout our episodes, the importance of mentorship and support has been a major recurring theme for guests’ success in the geosciences. In our final episode of Down to Earth, we speak with Dr. Qian Zhan and Dr. Josée Lévesque about their participation in the GRSS Women Mentoring Women program, and how it allowed both to grow in their careers, as well as their personal lives.

Down to Earth: Sharing SAR on Social Media

Down to Earth: Sharing SAR on Social Media

April 30, 2021

Supporting your fellow scientists comes in many forms. In this episode, Dr. Gopika Suresh tells us how she uses social media to promote the work of radar remote sensing specialists, and how an opportunity with the Twitter group “Sisters of SAR” led her to become an editor for a special section in the Journal of Remote Sensing.

Down to Earth: Intersectionality in Remote Sensing

Down to Earth: Intersectionality in Remote Sensing

April 17, 2021

For geoscientists who address issues such as food security and climate change, incorporating an intersectional approach is essential. That’s why Dr. Alyssa Whitcraft makes intersectionality a cornerstone of her research. In this episode, we discuss how concepts of justice and equity can be woven into geoscience work

Content Warning: This episode includes mentions of depression and postpartum anxiety. Our guest shares some of her experiences in these areas while on her journey in geoscience. Please listen with care! 

Down to Earth: The Power of Travel

Down to Earth: The Power of Travel

April 2, 2021

They say parents have a huge impact on their children. In this episode, we learn how one person in Dr. Chayma Chaâbani’s life inspired her to become an avid traveler, which has since led to a career in natural disaster remote sensing.

Down to Earth: Generational Change in Remote Sensing

Down to Earth: Generational Change in Remote Sensing

March 18, 2021

Dr. Chris Schmullius has been a geoscientist since the 80s. From work in industry, to a professorship in academia, she’s seen a lot over her 40+ year career! In this episode, she shares some of the changes that she’s seen, both in forest mapping (her main scientific focus), as well as for geoscientists in general.

Down to Earth: Entrepreneurship in the Geosciences

Down to Earth: Entrepreneurship in the Geosciences

March 1, 2021

What happens when you decide to jump into the field of remote sensing late in your career? You carve your own path to success of course! In this episode, we follow Dr. Nkeiruka N. Onyia’s journey from complete novice to successful geoscience entrepreneur and researcher!

Down to Earth: All Things SAR

Down to Earth: All Things SAR

February 15, 2021

Inspired by the beauty and diversity of the Guatemalan ecosystems surrounding her hometown, Africa I. Flores-Anderson has been passionate about protecting the environment since she was a child. Wearing her passion as a shield, she has overcome both economic and gendered barriers to become a geoscientist. In this episode, we learn about her journey, and the incredible work she has since completed using Synthetic-aperture radar (SAR).

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