Updated Sept. 15, 2016
Winner Announcement: NASA DEVELOP Summer 2016 Virtual Poster Session
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 to “A 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.
Posters by Category
Identifying Invasive Species Extent and Critical Species Habitat
- Bad Bromes in the Badlands: Monitoring Invasives in the Great Plains
- Weeding the West: Monitoring Invasives using NASA Earth Observations
- Wildfire Destruction: A Changing Fire Regime Threatens Local Fauna
- Home on the Laramie Range
- Hydrilla Hype: Mapping an Invasive Weed in Two Georgia Reservoirs
- What’s Climate Got to Do with It? Protecting Peruvian Potatoes
- Mites from Space: Tracking a Microscopic Pest in Puerto Rico – Finalist
Assessing Air Quality and Water Resources
- Sargassum Returns! Seeing Inundation Events with Earth Observations
- The Dirt That Hurts: Monitoring Harmful Particulate Matter
- Cutting Through the Noise to Find a Rhythm: Displaying CALIPSO Data
- Take the Stress out of ECOSTRESS
- Clearing the Air: Aerosol Estimates in the Coastal United States – Finalist
- The Ozone Effect: Life in the Troposphere
- The Steaks are High! Methane on the Rise
- Water is Life: Understanding Drought in Northwestern Costa Rica
- A Deeper Look into California’s Water Resources – Winner
- Pivotal Moments: Drought Response in the West
- Oh Me! Oh My! These Rice Paddies are Dry!
- A Ray of Hope: Near Real-Time Forecasting Tools for the USAPI
- Make it Rain: The Water Cycle from Precipitation to Sanitation
- Truth in the Soil: Using SMAP to Monitor Drought in Southeast US
Detecting Land Cover Change and Disturbances
- The Dark Side of the Marsh: Forecasting Marsh Health in Alabama
- Retreating Ice: The Beginnings of Discovery
- Out of the Woods: Delineating Disturbances in the Southern Rockies
- Can you Dig it?: Identifying and Protecting Ancient Chacoan Ruins – Finalist
- When It Rains, It Pours: Assessing Stormwater Runoff in Atlanta
- A Legend in the Making: Mapping Mangroves in the Florida Everglades
- Elkhorn Slough: Detecting Eutrophication through Geospatial Modeling
- Cloudy with a Chance of Landslides