Updated May 6, 2016

Winner Announcement: NASA DEVELOP Spring 2016 Virtual Poster Session

After two rounds of judging, a grand-prize winner and runner-up have been selected for the 2016 spring Virtual Poster Session contributed by NASA’s DEVELOP National Program.

DEVELOP participants and Earth imagery. Left: Wax Lake Delta in Louisiana. Image Credit: NASA DEVELOP/Carrie Kelly

DEVELOP participants and Earth imagery. Left: Wax Lake Delta in Louisiana. Image Credit: NASA DEVELOP/Carrie Kelly

After two rounds of judging, a grand-prize winner and runner-up have been selected for the 2016 spring Virtual Poster Session (VPS) contributed by NASA’s DEVELOP National Program. The contest included 108 researchers conducting 26 projects across 12 DEVELOP locations.

The grand prize goes to “Catch Me If You Can: Near-Real-Time Monitoring of Water Hyacinth,” conducted by a team of five participants at DEVELOP’s location in Marshall Space Flight Center. The project used remote sensing to study hyacinth activity in the Winam Gulf region of Lake Victoria.

The virtual posters were scored by a 12-member panel based on content clarity, scientific merit, substantial dialogue, and creativity. The winning Lake Victoria Water Resources II team scored highest among five 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.

Runner-up honors go to “Analyzing Drought Conditions in Desert and Rainforest Environments,” which scored very closely behind the winning team. The project was conducted by a team of three researchers at the DEVELOP office located at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration’s National Centers for Environmental Information. The team utilized NASA and NOAA Earth observations to analyze vegetation patterns as related to various climatic events.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.

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