A Winner and Honorable Mentions: NASA DEVELOP Summer 2014 Virtual Poster Session

A grand-prize winner and honorable mentions have been selected for the summer 2014 Virtual Poster Session (VPS) contributed by NASA’s DEVELOP National Program. The contest included 34 projects conducted by 155 participants across 13 DEVELOP locations.

Caption: A collage of DEVELOP teams from around the United States, and Earth imagery from the Sava River (top left), Custea del Viento Reservoir (bottom left), and Lower Mississippi River alluvial valley (right).Image Credit: NASA DEVELOP/Chris McKeel.

A collage of DEVELOP teams from around the United States, and Earth imagery from the Sava River (top left), Custea del Viento Reservoir (bottom left), and Lower Mississippi River alluvial valley (right). Image Credit: NASA DEVELOP/Chris McKeel.

The grand prize goes to the project, “Clearing the Waters: Exploring Algae Blooms in Right Whale Nursing Grounds,” conducted by a team of three participants at DEVELOP’s node at Goddard Space Flight Center. The project utilized satellite imagery to magnify the view that conservationists and policymakers have on the bays of Peninsula Valdés, Argentina, and the relationships between water quality, harmful algae blooms, and whales.

“These virtual posters represent a ton of intellectual capacity, dedication and passion,” said Madeline Brozen, one of 18 in a judging panel, and a former DEVELOPer who is now program director of the University of California, Los Angeles, Complete Streets Initiative.

Lauren Childs-Gleason, national science lead for NASA’s DEVELOP National Program, added: “I was impressed with all of the projects and excited to see how they engaged directly with end-users to assess needs and ways to improve decision-making processes. All of the videos were creative and well thought out.”

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.

Runner-up honors go to five teams who followed closely behind the winning Argentina Oceans Team in scoring and categories based on content, clarity, use of Earth observations, creativity, dialogue and discussion, and decision support:

• Reaching Far and Wide: “ASSESSment of Earth and Ocean for Coral Promotion” (Ames Research Center)

• Food, Fuel and Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa: “Let the Water Flow: Analyzing Irrigation Potential in Niger” (Langley Research Center)

• West, Young Scientists: “Don’t Wastewater! Tracking Wastewater Plumes along Southern California Beaches” (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

• From the Bread Basket to New England: “Songbird Population Dynamics in Fragmented New England Habitat” (Goddard Space Flight Center)

• From the Hills of Tennessee to the Florida Keys: “S.O.S. Save Our Swamps: NASA Earth Observations Aid Wetland Reforestation” (Stennis Space Center).

 

For more information about DEVELOP, visit the DEVELOP website.

Previous DEVELOP Earthzine Virtual Poster Sessions are listed in the DEVELOP VPS Archive.

Winner

Clearing the Waters: Exploring Algae Blooms in Right Whale Nursing Grounds

Screenshot 2014-08-24 at 3.19.51 PMCould something as small as plankton harm a whale? That’s what we’re trying to find out! This project used satellite imagery to magnify the view that conservationists and policymakers have on the bays of Peninsula Valdés, Argentina, and the relationships between water quality, harmful algae blooms, and whales.

 

 

 

 

Runners Up

ASSESSment of Earth and Ocean for Coral Promotion

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What does the future hold for the world’s threatened coral reefs? Coral reefs are vulnerable to high levels of nutrients and sedimentation in the near-shore marine environment. In American Samoa, water quality can be used to indicate the level of risk of these valuable marine ecosystems. Team ASSESS used NASA Earth observations to understand the variables that most likely in influence reef health in this tropical ecosystem.

 

 

 

 

Let the Water Flow: Analyzing Irrigation Potential in Niger

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Can NASA remote sensing data assist in irrigation planning in Africa’s semi-arid Sahel region? DEVELOP participants tackle this question for three drought-ridden regions of the Republic of Niger through precipitation, groundwater, and land cover analyses.

 

 

 

Don’t Wastewater: Tracking Wasterwater Plumes along Southern California Beaches

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Is there treated sewage at the beach? This project utilized satellite data to track treated sewage in the ocean near Southern California beaches. The project partnered with Hyperion Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Orange County Sanitation District to detect surfaced plumes using in-situ data for verification.

 

 

 

Songbird Population: Dynamics in Fragmented New England Habitat

Screenshot 2014-08-24 at 3.37.43 PMThis project contributed to a better understanding of avian population trends and distribution during the summer breeding season in New England by using selected songbird species as to represent the collective avian population. By combining Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) population data and NASA Earth observations, the study analyzed and predicted changes in the distribution of the model species driven specifically by forest fragmentation and habitat loss. Occupancy models factoring in bird presence, fragmentation, and vegetative characteristics were applied to determine which metrics of forest fragmentation affected the local occupancy, colonization, and emigration of an area. This model can be applied to a number of songbird species and aids in the understanding and conservation planning of these species across North America.

 

 

S.O.S Save Our Swamps: NASA Earth Observations Aid Wetland Reforestation

Screenshot 2014-08-24 at 3.43.05 PMLouisiana coastal wetlands are being degraded by both natural and anthropogenic factors. Without these unique ecosystems, critical infrastructure will be left further exposed to storm
events and flooding. This project created maps highlighting areas suitable for reforestation, so that ongoing and future wetland restoration efforts may be more effective.

 

 

 

 

Reaching Far and Wide: Taking Remote Sensing Around the Globe

A “blue marble” image of Earth taken from the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite.

Image Credit: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring.

The Race Against Time – Utilizing Damage Proxy Maps for Disaster Response

To Breathe, or Not to Breathe

Menace of the Mekong: Finding the Floodwaters

ASSESSment of Earth and Ocean for Coral Promotion 

Landsat 8 and MODIS: A Powerful Duo for Invasion Risk Assessment in Alaska

DEVELOPedia: NASA DEVELOP’s Wiki

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food, Fuel and Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa

 Scenic view of Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Image Credit: USGS/Thomas A. Hermann.

Protecting Ethiopian Headwaters: Mapping Critical Wetlands of the Bale Mountains

Let the Water Flow: Analyzing Irrigation Potential in Niger

Satellite Exploration of Flaring and Deforestation in Angola 

All Forecasts Are Wrong, But Some are Useful

Revolutionizing Rwandan Agriculture by Utilizing NASA Earth Observations 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the Cordillera Occidental to Patagonia: South American Climate and Ecology

 

Amazon rainforest observation tower in Brazil

Image Credit: USGS/Dennis Dye.

Mangroves on the Move: Assessing Coastal Ecosystem Productivity in Colombia

Cotton Tops the IUCN Red List

Managing the Water Cycle to Improve the Life Cycle

Mapping and Modeling the Hot Stuff: Hazard Risk Assessment of Copahue

Clearing the Waters: Exploring Algae Blooms in Right Whale Nursing Grounds

Expanding the Mi Pronóstico Flood Application to Assess Risk in Colombia’s La Mosca River Basin

 

 

 

 

 

Go West, Young Scientists: Environment in California and the Great Basin

Cattle grazing on the coast of California.

Image Credit: USDA/Bob Nichols.

Don’t Wastewater! Tracking Wastewater Plumes along Southern California Beaches

After the Fire: Alternative Burn Indices Using Simulated HyspIRI DataCalifornia Disasters

A Journey into the Past: Investigating Extremes of California’s Climate 

Sierra-Way to Heaven: A Cloud-Based Decision Support System

Rangeland Monitoring and Forecast Modeling from the Ground Up

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the Bread Basket to New England: Studying the Midwest and Northeast

Orange and golds blanket the ridges of Shenandoah.

Image Credit: NPS/Denise Machado.

Strains on the Plains: A World without Water

Will it Sink? Predicting the Submergence of Diluted Bitumen

What is transpiring in the Coastal Mid-Atlantic?

Songbird Population Dynamics in Fragmented New England Habitat

Algal Blooms in Lake Champlain: Natural Occurrence or New Phenomenon?

 

 

 

 

 

From the Hills of Tennessee to the Florida Keys

A Great Egret in Everglades National Park in Florida.

Image Credit: NPS/Rodney Cammauf.

Finding Fire and Bugs in the Southern Appalachia

It’s Not Easy Being Blue-Green: Developing a Remote Cyanobacteria Detection Tool

S.O.S. Save Our Swamps: NASA Earth Observations Aid Wetland Reforestation

Houston, we have a problem: Analyzing PM2.5 levels in Houston, Texas

Crops Dropping Like it’s Hot!

Monitoring Land Reclamation in Southwest Virginia

Exploring a Sustainable Coexistence between Miami and the Everglades