AgHive: Research for Impact
The Unit for the Remote Sensing and Geospatial Lab and the Smart Irrigation Lab at the Department of Agriculture at the American University of Beirut
AgHive is founded and headed by Dr. Hadi Jaafar and performs teaching and research in the fields of remote sensing, smart irrigation, and water resources management.
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AgSAT: to help farmers irrigate their lands more precisely
We announce the development of AgSAT, the first mobile application in the world that optimizes food production by calculating and forecasting crop water requirements in near real time by using remote sensing technology. The application allows users to monitor evapotranspiration, agricultural water productivity, and biomass at various scales (field, watershed).
AgHive at the Department of Agriculture participated in TALANOA-WATER General Assembly and Stakeholder Training in Montpellier
Project PI and team member participated in the first year general assembly of the TALANOA-WATER project from December 12 to 14, 2022. The assembly was held in Montpellier, France and was followed by a training on concepts and tools to engage in an open innovation process on water management with stakeholders.
AgHive at the Department of Agriculture organized the First National Stakeholders Workshop under the TALANOA-WATER Project
The workshop’s main objective is to develop and evaluate the implementation of adaptive policies for water allocation based on the economic value of crops and water policies through the stakeholders’ dialogue.
AgHive at the Department of Agriculture co-organized the French-Lebanese Summer School on Remote Sensing from May 30 to June 3, 2022 with Theia
The Summer School was a big success with 44 participants coming from different countries including Tunisia, Egypt, France, Italy, and Lebanon attending sessions on Initiation to Remote Sensing using Sentinel Imagery, Rapid Disaster Mapping, Drought Mapping, and Soil Moisture Estimation.
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What We Do
Understand the world through remote sensing, satellite imagery, and geospatial technology
We address applications of geospatial data and analysis to agriculture and water resources management and provide geospatial knowledge for the user community.
Development is a core part of Aghive’s activities. We perform workshops, trainings, and field work related to remote sensing and geospatial applications.
We offer a Master’s degree in Irrigation from the Department of Agriculture at the American University of Beirut, which is one of the most recognizable programs in the MENA region.
We have particular expertise in a wide range of topics and offer services related to hydrology, GIS & remote sensing, agriculture, climate change & food security, and irrigation system design.
Who We Are
“The Middle East and other regions in the world are suffering from an expanding population, dwindling water resources, and an increase in the frequency of conflicts, thereby threatening food and global security. Smallholders comprise the majority of farmers in the developing countries, and monitoring water use and stress at the field scale is of great importance to the success of agriculture in such areas.”
– Dr. Hadi Jaafar
Wing B, Agriculture Building, American University of Beirut
+961 1 350000 Ext. 4570