NASA DEVELOP Fall 2012 Virtual Poster Session
A grand prize winner and honorable mentions have been selected in the latest Virtual Poster Session (VPS) by students from NASA’s DEVELOP National Program.
The winning project, “Climate Change Vulnerability in Nepal using NASA EOS,” was a collaborative effort between five students at Marshall Space Flight Center in Hunstville, Alabama, and three students at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The Nepal project team used NASA Earth observing satellites to develop a vulnerability index to assist decision-makers in Nepal with planning climate change adaptation strategies.
“It was really neat to see students collaborating literally from around the globe to apply NASA Earth observations to real-world issues,” said Jonathan Gleason, Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES) data management lead for NASA, and one of 12 in a judging panel.
“The Nepal project stood out with great teamwork, focused research, and a great video.”
Each member on the winning team will receive a one-year trial version of ArcGIS software, furnished by the competition sponsor, Esri, a California company that creates GIS software.
Runner-up honors go to four teams who followed closely behind the Nepal team in scoring, based on Earth observations, overall product, discussion, creativity, and decision support:
• Assessing Ecosystems for Conservation – “Reforesting Rwanda: Enhanced Monitoring of Land Use and Protected Forests” (Langley Research Center and Wise County Clerk of Court’s Office)
• Monitoring Water Quality and Hydrology – “Satellites Over Troubled Waters: Stormwater Runoff in the Great Lakes” (Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative and Langley Research Center)
• Evaluating Disaster Risk for Mitigation – “Creating a Colombian Wildfire Risk Evaluation Map with NASA EOS Data” (Marshall Space Flight Center and Universidad of Autonoma de Occidente)
• Measuring Air Quality and Weather Forecasts – “Assessing the Feasibility of Using NASA EOS to Enhance Ground Level Ozone Monitoring” (Stennis Space Center).
“All the teams demonstrated not only the practical benefits of NASA’s investment in Earth science, but shared their enthusiasm for connecting science with society,” added Jamie Favors, DEVELOP’s deputy national science lead.For more information about DEVELOP, visit the DEVELOP website.
Previous Earthzine Virtual Poster Sessions are listed in our VPS Archive.
Assessing Ecosystems for Conservation
Monitoring Water Quality and Hydrology
Evaluating Disaster Risk for Mitigation