Winning Team, Runner Up Announced in Summer 2012 NASA DEVELOP Virtual Poster Session
The five-person team, part of the NASA DEVELOP National Program, takes the top prize for a presentation titled “Where Have All the Cypress Gone? Mapping Restoration Sites in Louisiana.”
Runner-up honors go to an eight-person team from the NASA Langley Research Center for a presentation titled “The Peat Burns On: Making Sense of North Carolina Wildfires.”
The two teams will receive items from Esri, a California company that makes ArcGIS software and other applications.
Members of the winning team will receive “GIS Tutorial for Humanitarian Assistance,” by Firoz Verjee, which includes a trial version of ArcGIS 9, and maps and data for the tutorial.
The runner-up team will receive copies of the “Esri Map Book,” Volumes 23 and 24.
The Stennis and Langley teams were selected by a panel of judges after two rounds of evaluation and discussion on 30 projects from the program’s summer term, with abstracts and related videos highlighting NASA Earth observation capabilities relative to environmental issues and concerns for enhanced policy- and decision-making.“Each team should feel so proud of what they were able to accomplish in 10 weeks,” said one of the judges, Dr. Nancy Searby, program manager of the NASA Applied Sciences’ Capacity Building Program. “The quality of the videos is very impressive.”
Another judge, Dr. Joseph Kerski, Esri education manager, added, “The videos all addressed real world and important, relevant issues, doing so using NASA data in a rich and innovative way.”
The winning and runner-up teams also will be featured in Earthzine’s Sept. 30 Full Moon Newsletter.
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