Earth Sciences Division
Sciences and Exploration Directorate - NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA Food Security

NASA Food Security

NASA recognizes that global food security represents a major challenge for the coming decades. Earth observations, models, and knowledge can improve resilience around food systems. Our scientists explore the use of remote sensing data to inform decision-making and transform society's approach to agriculture and food security. We partner with Harvest, a multidisciplinary NASA-funded program led by the University of Maryland to enhance the updake of satellite data in international and domestic agriculture decisions.



  • Explore research needs and technical barriers that limit the operational use of Earth observations by decision makers

  • Foster the assimilation of satellite and airborne remote sensing data into Earth system models and other tools addressing food security challenges

  • Facilitate complementary intra-program and inter-agency coordination with public and private agencies advancing state-of-the-art technology

  • Coordinate NASA representation on governmental food security initiatives, assisting interagency programs that use NASA resources

  • Ensure that food security science and applications are incorporated into relevant new satellite missions


Applied Sciences Manager: Stephanie Schollaert Uz
Food Security Research Scientist: Amy McNally