Winning Team Announced: NASA DEVELOP Fall 2013 Virtual Poster Session

A grand-prize winner and honorable mentions have been selected for the fall 2013 Virtual Poster Session (VPS) contributed by NASA’s DEVELOP National Program. The contest included 21 projects conducted by 96 participants from around the globe.

The grand prize goes to the project, “Making the Connection: Reforestation in the Bellbird Corridor of Costa Rica,” conducted by a team of four interns at DEVELOP’s node at the University of Georgia. The team used NASA Earth-observing satellites to help maximize conservation efforts for the Pájaro Campana Biological Corridor, one of the most biologically diverse hotspots in the world.

Landsat 8 in orbit with a photo collage of previous DEVELOP project images and presentations. Image Credit: Chris McKeel, DEVELOP.

Landsat 8 in orbit with a photo collage of previous DEVELOP project images and presentations. Image Credit: Chris McKeel, DEVELOP



Each member of the winning team will receive a one-year trial version of ENVI and ArcGIS software, furnished by competition co-sponsors Exelis Visual Information Solutions and Esri. Both companies create geospatial and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software that can incorporate NASA remote-sensing data.

“I particularly liked that multiple videos had interviews with end users,” said Quinten Geddes, one of 12 in a judging panel, and a former DEVELOPer who now works as a support analyst at Esri. “That indicates substantial partner interaction.”

Runner-up honors go to four teams who followed closely behind the Costa Rica team in scoring  based on Earth observations, overall product, discussion, creativity, and decision support:

• Parched Harvests: A tie for Best in Category –  “Drought Drought Everywhere, And Not a Model to Use: Monitoring Drought in Uruguay” (International Research Institute for Climate and Society) and “Utilizing NASA EOS to Expand Agricultural Production in Virginia” (Langley Research Center)

• Investigating Earth’s Water and Energy: Best in Category – “Rising Water: Mapping the 2013 Colorado Floods with Landsat 8” (North Central Climate Science Center)

• Guarding Global Health: Best in Category – “Disaster Damage Validation: Bridging Remote Sensing and GIS” (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

For more information about DEVELOP, visit the DEVELOP website.

Previous Earthzine Virtual Poster Sessions are listed in our VPS Archive.

Find other entries from the fall 2013 VPS below. Congratulations to the winning team and the runners-up.

Parched Harvests: Studying Drought and Agriculture in the U.S. and Abroad


Photo of a plowed field

Image Credit: NASA Applied Sciences Program.



America’s Parched Plains: Monitoring Drought in the Great Plains Region

Extracting Irrigated Crop Circle Area using an Array of NASA Earth Observations

Looking at a Decade of Dry Spells in Coahuila, Mexico

Utilizing NASA EOS to Expand Agricultural Production in Virginia

Drought Drought Everywhere, And Not a Model to Use: Monitoring Drought in Uruguay

Challenges in Agricultural Practices in the Mountains of Eastern Bhutan

 

 

 

Forecasting Earth’s Ecosystems: Mangroves, Marshes, Mountain Ranges and More


Image Credit: NASA Applied Sciences Program.

Image Credit: NASA Applied Sciences Program.



Getting Dirty to Understand Salt Marsh Dieback

Mapping Where No White Oak Has Gone Before

Past, Present, and Future Stories of the Sierra Nevada Range

Bigger and Better: Upscaling and Refining Lodgepole Pine Mortality Models

The Bare Necessities: Forecasting Myanmar’s Mangrove Extent and Biomass

Making the Connection: Reforestation in the Bellbird Corridor of Costa Rica

 

 

 

 

Investigating Earth’s Water and Energy: Drought, Debris, Flooding, and Hydroelectricity


Image Credit: NASA Applied Sciences Program.

Image Credit: NASA Applied Sciences Program.



 

Applying NASA Earth Observations to Mitigate the Impacts of Chilean Drought

Rising Water: Mapping the 2013 Colorado Floods with Landsat 8

Drought and Degradation: Remote Sensing in Africa’s South Rift

Can You Spot the Seaweed? Using NASA EOS to Enhance Sargassum Detection

Igniting the Power Grid in Rwanda using NASA EOS

 

 

 

 

Guarding Global Health: Disease, Disaster and Dangerous Air


Image Credit: NASA Applied Sciences Program.

Image Credit: NASA Applied Sciences Program.



Ecological Niche Modeling for the Chagas Disease Vector

Raised from the Ashes: Detecting Ozone Anomalies Related to Wildfires

Taking a Swat at the Dengue Mosquito

Toward Early Warning and Early Action in Sudan: Public Health and the Environment

Disaster Damage Validation: Bridging Remote Sensing and GIS

 

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