A Winner and Runner-up: NASA DEVELOP Spring 2015 Virtual Poster Session

Published on May 4, 2015.

A grand-prize winner and runner-up have been selected for the spring 2015 Virtual Poster Session (VPS) contributed by NASA’s DEVELOP National Program after two rounds of judging. The contest included 29 projects conducted by 107 participants across 13 DEVELOP locations.

The grand prize goes to the project, “Beyond a Shadow of a Drought: Remote Monitoring in the Navajo Nation” conducted by a team of four participants at DEVELOP’s location at Ames Research Center. The project utilized satellite imagery and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis to better monitor drought and water resources in the Navajo Nation.

“It was beautifully done and I felt like it communicated the issue very well,” said Kaylin Bugbee, a DEVELOP alumna and member of the Data Coordination Team for the White House’s Climate Data Initiative, who served on a panel of 18 judges.

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 GIS software that can incorporate NASA remote-sensing data.

Runner-up honors go to “Ain’t No River Wide Enough to Keep ArcSWAT from Getting to You, Peru,” a project conducted by a team of seven researchers at the DEVELOP office located in the Wise County Clerk of Court’s Office in Wise, Virginia. The team  utilized NASA Earth observations and in situ data to determine a water budget in the potential flooding areas for two rural areas of Peru.

The Wise team came close behind the winning Navajo Nation Climate Team in scoring based on content clarity, use of Earth observations, creativity, dialogue and discussion, and decision support.

Thanks to all the teams, Earthzine readers and Esri for your participation 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.

About this Virtual Poster Session

DEVELOP’s 2015 spring Virtual Poster Session (VPS) features 107 researchers conducting 29 projects at 13 DEVELOP locations across the United States.

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.

DEVELOP’s spring projects applied 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 66 different 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.