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.
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.
Posters by Category
Monitoring Environmental Health and Disturbances
- Beetle Spruce: Mapping Spruce Mortality in Colorado Forests
- Ground Truthing Remotely Sensed Observations of Wastewater Plumes
- Mission to Marsh: Using NASA Satellite Data to Monitor Coastal Marsh
- Here, There, and Everywhere: Assessing SPB Outbreaks in Alabama
- Rain or Snow: Precipitation Estimation in the Mountainous West
- Hot Potato: Preserving Traditional Farming in the Peruvian Andes
- The Smoke-Screen: An Open-Source Visualizer of CALIPSO Data
Mapping Landscape Changes and Species Distribution
- Playing with Fire: Delineating Fire History with Earth Observations
- Bogged Down in Phragmites: Assessing Risk in the Great Lakes Basin
- Calamity in Kalimantan: Palm Oil Growth at the Expense of Diversity
- Where’s a Bird to Go? Mapping Wetland Restoration on the Pacific Flyway
- El Salvador’s Changing Landscape: Getting to the Ground Truth
- Oh Deer! Where are the Mule Deer Going?
Responding to Human Health Risks
- Dengue Bites II: Predicting Dengue Risk in Puerto Rico
- Where Have all the Junipers Come From?
- Send in the Clouds: Examining Air Quality in the Gulf of Mexico
- Fire Distinguisher: Using SMAP Data to Improve Wildfire Predictions
- Phoenix Rising: Urban Heat Island in Maricopa County
- Wise Decisions: Remote Flood Monitoring in Wise County, Virginia
- The Calm Before the Storm: Lake Victoria Severe Weather Indicators
Managing Water Quality and Precipitation Anomalies
- Inundated: Diving into a Historical Perspective on Caribbean Sargassum
- Drought and the Factors That Make It — Monitoring Drought from Space
- Bringing Back the Bayou
- Catch Me If You Can: Near-Real-Time Monitoring of Water Hyacinth
- Analyzing Drought Conditions in Desert and Rainforest Environments
- Turning Over a New Leaf: Modeling Green Infrastructure in Atlanta