Part of NASA’s Applied Sciences’ Capacity Building Program, DEVELOP projects highlight practical and innovative applications of NASA’s Earth science missions and increase the understanding of NASA Earth science data and technology. Participants work in 10-week terms to analyze societal and scientific dilemmas and discover ways in which these issues can be better predicted, monitored or mitigated through the application of NASA Earth observations. The VPS provides a platform for DEVELOP interns to reach local and global audiences to maximize the capacity of their research use and application.
During two rounds of judging, DEVELOPers will participate in dialogue with Earthzine readers in a blogging competition sponsored by Esri. The dates for the first round of dialogue are July 31-Aug. 11, and the second round will take place from Aug. 14-25. See the bottom section of each project page to post a comment and participate in the discussion.
Following the first blogging period, judges will select the top project in each category with the most substantial dialogue, scientific merit, and creativity. In the second round, judges will use the same criteria to determine the overall winner of the Virtual Poster Session. The winners will be announced Aug. 29 on this page and in the Earthzine Full Moon Newsletter.
Projects for this VPS apply NASA Earth observations to environmental concerns including monitoring conservation efforts and drought, forecasting water availability and vector-borne disease risk, as well as mapping invasive species distribution and the damage from natural disasters such as flooding, wildfires and hurricanes. These projects partnered with 88 unique end-user organizations that could benefit from enhanced decision-support tools through the integrated use of NASA’s suite of Earth-observing satellites and airborne missions.
For more information about DEVELOP, visit the DEVELOP website. Previous DEVELOP Earthzine Virtual Poster Sessions are listed in the DEVELOP VPS Archive.