CIP has joined STARS
It is with great pleasure that we can announce that the team of the International Potato Center (CIP), led by Roberto Quiroz has joined the STARS family. A grant supplement to CIP by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is allowing them to align with STARS for the remainder of the project, which is until July 2016. The CIP team has been underway itself for some time on matters related to imagery over smallholder farmland, and has built up expertise that will serve its and STARS' purposes very well.
During the remainder of the project, we will intensify collaborations on the front of applying CIP results to the challenges coming out of the rich STARS data collection. This will help to improve our understanding of how to use imagery in assessing food cropping systems as to type, size, and quality to allow much improved quantification of the contribution that smallholders make to local economies, and of the problems that arise in smallholder production contexts.
Specifically, CIP's contributions to STARS will be in a variety of domains. Multiscale data problems will be tackled by multifractal and wavelet approaches that have already been developed, CIP's work on semi-automatic image stitching will also be tested in STARS context, and the extra (wo)manpower that CIP brings will be extremely useful to address the many open data-analytical challenges that we are facing.