Geospatial and Farming Systems Research Consortium (GFSRC)
The GFSRC is led by Dr. Robert Hijmans at UC-Davis and supports the SIIL by providing spatially-explicit data and analysis to:
- Identify current patterns of agricultural intensification in the regions of interest
- Analyze the determinants of these patterns
- Identify opportunities for sustainable intensification (target regions, technologies, and their potential impacts)
- Understand spatial extent of potential and actual adoption of particular technologies that the subawardees work on
- Help develop strategies for increasing adoption and diffusion of technologies taking into consideration not only agro-ecological conditions, but also market and socio-economic and environmental conditions and risks
- Develop case studies on technology targeting and scaling that will be made available online and used in regional workshops/training courses
- Make available all geospatial and farming systems data collected and produced by the projects in an interoperable, online data management platform
- Organize these materials into an interdisciplinary university-level course on the topic
More information about the GFSRC as well as country profiles can be found at: http://gfc.ucdavis.edu
Leader of GFSRC
Dr. Robert Hijmans leads the Geospatial and Farming Systems Research Consortium (GFSRC) of SIIL. He has a PhD in Production Ecology and Resource Conservation from Wageningen University, and he currently is a professor of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California, Davis. Most of his career he has worked on spatial data analysis and modeling to support agricultural research for development in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Dr. Alex Mandel is a Geoinformatician in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California, Davis. He has a Ph.D in Geography, and a B.S. in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology from the University of California, Davis. He provides geospatial analysis, cartography, application development, website development, data management, system administration and technical advice to projects in the research group. Alex is an active contributor to many open source geospatial projects including OSGeoLive, OpenDroneMap, and QGIS.
Dr. Aniruddha Ghosh has specialized in remote sensing and is currently an assistant project scientist in Environmental Science and Policy department at the University of California, Davis.He has a PhD in Natural Resources Managament from TERI University, India. His research focuses on the integration of different geospatial technologies, extensive field data and modeling tools to explore and explain spatial patterns and processes at multiple scales across diverse ecosystems.