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    After two rounds of judging, a grand-prize winner has been selected for the Fall 2015 Virtual Poster Session (VPS) contributed by NASA’s DEVELOP National Program. The contest included 105 researchers conducting 26 projects across 13 DEVELOP locations. Read More +
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  • The Time to Act is Now! Forecasting Change in El Salvador’s Pine-Oak Forests

    The results of an ArcGIS maximum likelihood classification; a Land Use Land Cover (LULC) map of La Moncomunidad La Montañona with five classes: Water, Urban, Pasture, Forest, and Crop. Image Credit: El Salvador Ecological Forecasting Team

    The results of an ArcGIS maximum likelihood classification; a Land Use Land Cover (LULC) map of La Moncomunidad La Montañona with five classes: Water, Urban, Pasture, Forest, and Crop. Image Credit: El Salvador Ecological Forecasting Team

    This is a part of the 2015 Fall VPS. For more VPS articles, click here

    Category: Monitoring Change for Resource Management Project Team: El Salvador Ecological Forecasting Team Location: NASA Langley Research Center – Hampton, Virginia

    Authors: Jordan Ped (Project Lead) Courtney Duquette Clarence Kimbrell Susannah Miller Stephen Zimmerman

    Mentors/Advisors: Dr. Kenton Ross (NASA DEVELOP National Program)

    Abstract: Tropical rainforests have been recognized as a major contributor to maintaining the global carbon budget and contain a significant portion of the world's biodiversity. However, these ecosystems are threatened by deforestation and forest degradation and require careful management to retain their ecosystem services. La Mancomunidad La Montañona in Chalatenango,… Read More +

  • Lake Victoria’s Water Quality: Past, Present, and Future

    A wetness index highlighting areas with high chlorophyll activity in the focus study area. Image Credit: Lake Victoria Water Resources Team

    A wetness index highlighting areas with high chlorophyll activity in the focus study area. Image Credit: Lake Victoria Water Resources Team

    This is a part of the 2015 Fall VPS. For more VPS articles, click here

    Category: Mapping Water Quality Project Team: Lake Victoria Water Resources Team Location: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center – Huntsville, Alabama

    Authors: Jeanné le Roux Daryl Ann Winstead Austin Vacek Christina Fischer Sara Amirazodi

    Mentors/Advisors: Dr. Jeffrey Luvall (NASA at National Space Science and Technology Center) Dr. Robert Griffin (University of Alabama Huntsville)

    Abstract: Lake Victoria, with a surface area of 68,800 square kilometers, is the largest lake in Africa. The lake is surrounded by Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda and is home to more than 30 million people, making it one of the most densely populated rural areas in the world. These people rely on the lake for all aspects of their lives, including fishing, agriculture, and industrial applications. However, the increasing population has negatively impacted… Read More +

  • Mapping Wetlands along the Natchez Trace Parkway

    This is a part of the 2015 Fall VPS. For more VPS articles, click here

    Land cover classification for January 2015 Landsat OLI data showing woody and non-woody wetlands along the Natchez Trace Parkway. Image Credit: Natchez Trace Eco Forecasting Team

    Land cover classification for January 2015 Landsat OLI data showing woody and non-woody wetlands along the Natchez Trace Parkway. Image Credit: Natchez Trace Eco Forecasting Team

    Category: Forecasting Wetland Cover and Species Habitat Project Team: Natchez Trace Ecological Forecasting and Water Resources Team Location: Mobile County Health Department – Mobile, Alabama

    Authors: Jennifer Rackley Ashley Gideon Tyler Lynn

    Mentors/Advisors: Joe Spruce (NASA Stennis Space Center) Bernard Eichold, M.D., Dr. PH (Mobile County Health Department)

    Abstract: This project partnered with the National Park Service (NPS) to produce needed land cover mapping products for the Natchez Trace Parkway and to address community concerns involving the past, current, and future wetland conditions of this area. The parkway occurs in Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. Beavers have altered current and historic wetland conditions in the study area by changing streamflow along adjacent rivers… Read More +

  • Forecasting Northern Goshawk Nesting Sites, One Model at a Time

    This is a part of the 2015 Fall VPS. For more VPS articles, click here

    Environmental layers used in the habitat suitability models (left). Consensus habitat suitability map for the northern goshawk in the Lewis and Clark National Forest (right). Image Credit: Montana Ecological Forecasting Team

    Environmental layers used in the habitat suitability models (left). Consensus habitat suitability map for the northern goshawk in the Lewis and Clark National Forest (right). Image Credit: Montana Ecological Forecasting Team

    Category: Forecasting Wetland Cover and Species Habitat Project Team: Montana Ecological Forecasting Team Location: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center – Greenbelt, Maryland

    Authors: Erika Higa Sean McCartney Amanda Clayton

    Mentors/Advisors: Dr. Ross Nelson (NASA GSFC) Dr. John Bolten (NASA GSFC)

    Abstract: The northern goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) is currently identified as both a Sensitive Species and a Management Indicator Species in the Lewis and Clark National Forest (LCNF) land and resource management plans. Goshawks are important top-tier predators in the LCNF and changes in the forest habitat greatly affect their survival and population. This project examined

    the potential of using… Read More +

  • The Wildland Urban Interface: People on the Edge

    This is a part of the 2015 Fall VPS. For more VPS articles, click here

    The Southeast Idaho Disasters team took a multi-scaled approach to identify juniper encroachment in southeast Idaho to aid land managers. Image Credit: Southeast Idaho Disasters Team

    The Southeast Idaho Disasters team took a multi-scaled approach to identify juniper encroachment in southeast Idaho to aid land managers. Image Credit: Southeast Idaho Disasters Team

    Category: Assessing Human Risk Project Team: Southeast Idaho Disasters Team Location: BLM at Idaho State University GIS TReC - Pocatello, Idaho

    Authors: Zachary Simpson Jenna Williams Sara Ramos

    Mentors/Advisors: Keith Weber (Idaho State University GIS TReC) Mark Carroll (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) John Schnase (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

    Abstract: The expansion of junipers from their original rocky terrain into herbaceous communities has altered fire regimes and increased fire intensity not only in Idaho but throughout the Great Basin and Intermountain West. As junipers are actively expanding they begin to co-dominate communities resulting in the die-off of shrubs, grasses, and forbs. This expansion alters many habitat structures, effects soil erosion rates, human… Read More +

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