Seniors gather to reflect during the kickoff of the ecosystems poster project. Image Credit: Maria Carolina Rojas.

Seniors gather to reflect during the kickoff of the ecosystems poster project. Image Credit: Maria Carolina Rojas.



For the second year in a row, high school-aged students at St. George’s School in Bogotá, Colombia, participated in a poster project, “Earth Observation: Science from Another Perspective.” Fifty five students, organized into nine groups, focused on Ecosystems, one of the Societal Benefit Areas from the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). The result was the creation of a scientific poster from each group.

The objective of this literature review project was to identify an ecosystem somewhere in the world with a current problem that could be addressed through Earth observation tools and technology.

Part of the student research, in addition to conventional research activities like reading about Earth observation related to the chosen ecosystem, was to send a series of questions to selected expert scientists. The objective of this exercise was to receive feedback about the progress of the projects, and engage in a conversation with the international scientific community.

As the result of an Earthzine review process, a number of posters were selected to be presented here. Earthzine hopes to continue to work with high schools around the world to facilitate similar student research projects.

The Spanish version of this text can be found here.

Organizers at St. George’s School wish to thank the following people for their generous dedication and valuable contribution to the project:

Temilola (Lola) Fatoyinbo, Ph.D.
Environmental Scientist
Biospheric Sciences Branch
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Liane S. Guild, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, Ecosystem Science
Biospheric Science Branch, Earth Science Division
NASA Ames Research Center

Stefan Loehr, Ph.D.
Earth and Environmental Sciences
The University of Adelaide
Adelaide, Australia

Juan L. Torres-Pérez, Ph.D.
Marine Biologist
NASA Post Doctoral Program Fellow
NASA-AMES Research Center
Earth Science Division

Sherry L. Palacios, Ph.D.
Biological Oceanographer
NASA Post Doctoral Program Fellow
NASA Ames Research Center

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