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, “Sound the Alarm: Oregon Wildfires Take a Toll on Public Health” was a collaborative effort between six students at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

The Oregon Wildfires project team used NASA Earth observing satellites to analyze aerosol trajectories and evaluate the impact to nearby communities, as well as develop wildfire risk maps and monitor burn scars.

“The Oregon team produced a great video that creatively described their research and methodologies and led to a spirited discussion regarding their project,” said Lindsay Rogers, assistant program manager for NASA’s DEVELOP National Program.

Each member on the winning team will receive a 1-year edition of ArcGIS software furnished by competition sponsor Esri, a California company that creates GIS software.

Runner-up honors go to two teams who followed closely behind the Oregon team in scoring, based on Earth observations, overall product, discussion, creativity, and decision support:
• “Developing a Climate Change Vulnerability Index for Nepal Using NASA EOS Data” (Marshall Space Flight Center and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development)
• “VIIRS Detection of Nightlights and Greenhouse Gases from Natural-Gas Flaring” (Stennis Space Center).

“All the videos are really amazing; a good amount of effort and work has been done,” said one of five VPS judges, Dr. Kannappan Ramu, a research associate and faculty member at the University of Oklahoma.

Added Lauren Childs-Gleason, DEVELOP’s national science lead, “These projects unite NASA’s Earth observations with local communities by addressing environmental issues and improving decision-making processes. All of the teams did a great job describing their work and why it matters.”

For more information about DEVELOP, visit the DEVELOP website.

Previous Earthzine Virtual Poster Sessions are listed in our VPS Archive.

Assessing Ecosystems for Conservation
Highway for Apes: Using NASA EOS for wildlife corridor planning in Rwanda

South Carolina Wetlands: Detecting change using NASA Earth Observations

Improving Detection of Sargassum using ASAR for Fishery Assessment and Management

Providing the Perfect Pit Stop for Birds in Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area, Kansas

Beyond the Beetle: Modeling Change in a Post-Attack Subalpine Forest Ecosystem

Characterization and Modeling of Florida’s Indian River Lagoon Mangrove Extent

Forecasting Crop Yields for Agriculture
Improving Crop Yield Forecasting in Uruguay using Landsat Imagery

Monitoring Water Quality and Hydrology
Correlating Aquatic Vegetation Growth and Agriculture in Lake Guntersville

Monitoring Riparian Wetlands in Colorado’s Cache La Poudre Watershed

Predicting Urbanization in the Big Creek Lake Watershed, Alabama

Hydrologic Assessment of the Great Dismal Swamp using NASA Earth Observations

Modeling Yosemite’s Water Budget: It’s HYDRA-Logical!

Evaluating Disaster Risk for Mitigation
Use of DInSAR to Assess Stress in the Wabash Seismic Zone

NASA Airborne RADAR Assessment of Vital Levees in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

Disaster in Duluth, Onslaught in Ontario: Rainfall and Flooding in the Summer of 2012

Disturbing the Forest: A Look into Forest Ecosystem Dynamics in Ghana

Applications of NASA EOS and GIS to Study Wildfires in Coahuila, Mexico

Measuring Air Quality and Weather Forecasts
Monitoring Air Quality Impacts from Coal Power Plants in Virginia

Investigating Features and Structure of Non-Convective High Wind Events

Sound the Alarm: Oregon Wildfires Take a Toll on Public Health

Utilizing NASA EOS to Improve Early Warning and Mitigation of Malaria in Ethiopia

Using NASA EOS to Enhance Ground-Level Ozone Monitoring in the Appalachian Region

Assessing Effects on Climate
Developing a Climate Change Vulnerability Index for Nepal Using NASA EOS Data

VIIRS Detection of Nightlights and Greenhouse Gases from Natural-Gas Flaring

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