Updated Sept. 15, 2016

Winner Announcement: NASA DEVELOP Summer 2016 Virtual Poster Session

2016 Summer VPS Image

A collage of DEVELOP’s 2016 summer project images surrounding the DEVELOP logo. Image Credit: Jenna Hawkins, NASA DEVELOP

After two rounds of judging, a grand-prize winner has been selected for the 2016 Summer Virtual Poster Session (VPS) contributed by NASA’s DEVELOP National Program. The contest included 138 researchers conducting 29 projects across 12 DEVELOP locations.

The grand prize goes toA Deeper Look into California’s Water Resources,” conducted by a team of four participants at DEVELOP’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory location. The project used remote sensing to measure terrestrial water storage as well as looking at the long- term trends of California’s water cycle.

The virtual posters were scored by a 13-member panel based on content clarity, scientific merit, substantial dialogue, and creativity. The winning California Water Resources team scored highest among four teams who won best-in- category honors in the first round of judging. The other finalists were: Mites from Space: Tracking a Microscopic Pest in Puerto Rico, Clearing the Air: Aerosol Estimates in the Coastal United States, and Can you Dig it?: Identifying and Protecting Ancient Chacoan Ruins.

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.

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.

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