A grand-prize winner and honorable mentions have been selected for the fall 2013 Virtual Poster Session (VPS) contributed by NASA’s DEVELOP National Program. The contest included 21 projects conducted by 96 participants from around the globe.
The grand prize goes to the project, ÛÏMaking the Connection: Reforestation in the Bellbird Corridor of Costa Rica,Û conducted by a team of four interns at DEVELOP’s node at the University of Georgia. The team used NASA Earth-observing satellites to help maximize conservation efforts for the PÌÁjaro Campana Biological Corridor, one of the most biologically diverse hotspots in the world.
Each member of the winning team will receive a one-year trial version of ENVI and ArcGIS software, furnished by competition co-sponsors Exelis Visual Information Solutions and Esri. Both companies create geospatial and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software that can incorporate NASA remote-sensing data.
ÛÏI particularly liked that multiple videos had interviews with end users,Û said Quinten Geddes, one of 12 in a judging panel, and a former DEVELOPer who now works as a support analyst at Esri. ÛÏThat indicates substantial partner interaction.Û
Runner-up honors go to four teams who followed closely behind the Costa Rica team in scoring åÊbased on Earth observations, overall product, discussion, creativity, and decision support:
Û¢ Parched Harvests: A tie for Best in Category ÛÒåÊ ÛÏDrought Drought Everywhere, And Not a Model to Use: Monitoring Drought in UruguayÛ (International Research Institute for Climate and Society) and ÛÏUtilizing NASA EOS to Expand Agricultural Production in VirginiaÛ (Langley Research Center)
Û¢ Investigating Earth’s Water and Energy: Best in Category ÛÒ ÛÏRising Water: Mapping the 2013 Colorado Floods with Landsat 8Û (North Central Climate Science Center)
Û¢ Guarding Global Health: Best in Category ÛÒ ÛÏDisaster Damage Validation: Bridging Remote Sensing and GISÛ (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
For more information about DEVELOP, visit the DEVELOP website.
Previous Earthzine Virtual Poster Sessions are listed in our VPS Archive.
Find other entries from the fall 2013 VPS below. Congratulations to the winning team and the runners-up.
Parched Harvests: Studying Drought and Agriculture in the U.S. and Abroad
Forecasting Earth’s Ecosystems: Mangroves, Marshes, Mountain Ranges and More
Investigating Earth’s Water and Energy: Drought, Debris, Flooding, and Hydroelectricity
Guarding Global Health: Disease, Disaster and Dangerous Air