SatSummit 2024
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Lola Fatoyinbo, PhD

Research Scientist at Biospheric Sciences Laboratory. She/Her.


Dr. Lola Fatoyinbo is a Research Scientist in the Biospheric Sciences Lab at NASA GSFC where she studies forest ecology and ecosystem structure with Remote Sensing. She has served on the GEDI and ICESat-2 Mission Science Teams and is Principal investigator on NASA Earth Science research. Lola received her Doctorate in Environmental sciences with a focus on Forest Ecology and Remote Sensing of Mangrove Wetlands. At NASA GSFC, her research is focused on characterizing the vulnerability and response of forests and coastal ecosystems to disturbances from land use and climate change; LiDAR and SAR remote sensing of Terrestrial and Coastal ecosystem structure and carbon stocks; as well as using Earth Observation to support Conservation. She is involved in new instrument and technology development, airborne and field campaigns, development of carbon monitoring systems and ecosystem services accounting. She is the 2012 recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering and the 2024 Esmond B. Martin Royal Geographic Society Award for her efforts in advancing environmental science and conservation.

On the agenda

  1. Open Access Data for Impact

    May. 16, 01:15pm
    The South Hub

    As the world grapples with the escalating climate crisis, the imperative for open, accessible, and accurate geospatial data for nature and climate has never been more urgent. This panel will unpack open access data's critical role in democratizing data, enhancing transparency, fostering global collaboration, and accelerating innovation. The discussion will center on the significance of satellite data in enhancing public services, fostering sustainable practices, and ensuring equitable access to critical information for decision-making across various sectors. Key themes will include data accuracy, privacy considerations, and collaborative frameworks to advance the development of comprehensive digital infrastructure for public benefit. We aim to discuss the practical downstream data products that can be created with satellite data and how we can accelerate their development.


    1. Emily Sylak-Glassman


    1. Lola Fatoyinbo, PhD
    2. Fred Stolle
    3. Kate Chapman
    4. Liz Chamberlain

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  1. NASA Lifelines


  1. Element84

  2. Esri

  3. Impact Observatory

  4. United States Agency for International Development (USAID)