Winner Announcement: NASA DEVELOP Fall 2015 Virtual Poster Session

Updated on January 9, 2016.

DEVELOP participants and Earth imagery.

DEVELOP participants and Earth imagery. Left: Coral reefs on the north shore of Venua Levu, Fiji’s second largest island (Landsat 8 OLI). Image Credit: NASA DEVELOP/Chris McKeel

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.

The grand prize goes to “A Changing Landscape: Monitoring Cheatgrass with Satellite Imagery,” conducted by a team of four participants at DEVELOP’s location in Fort Collins, Colorado. The project used remote sensing to study cheatgrass cover across the area burned by the Arapaho Fire in south central Wyoming.

The virtual posters were scored by a 13-member panel based on content clarity, scientific merit, substantial dialogue, and creativity. The winning Wyoming Ecological Forecasting team scored highest among four teams who won best-in-category honors in the first round of judging.

Each member of the winning team will receive a one-year trial version of ArcGIS software, furnished by competition sponsor Esri. The company creates geospatial and Geographic Information System (GIS) software that can incorporate NASA remote-sensing data.

Thanks to all the teams, Earthzine readers and Esri for participating in the VPS.

For more information about DEVELOP, visit the DEVELOP website. Previous DEVELOP Earthzine Virtual Poster Sessions are listed in the DEVELOP VPS Archive.