Part of NASA's Applied Sciences Program, DEVELOP addresses environmental and policy concerns through the practical application of NASA Earth observations. DEVELOP projects apply Earth observations to the application areas of Agriculture, Climate, Disasters, Ecological Forecasting, Energy, Health and Air Quality, Oceans, Water Resources, and Weather. These projects highlight NASA Earth observation capabilities relative to environmental issues and concerns for enhanced policy and decision-making to improve life here on Earth.
DEVELOP conducts feasibility projects that utilize NASA Earth observations in innovative and fresh applications that demonstrate to state and local governments how Earth observations can be utilized in their decision making process to save resources such as money and time.
The selection process is complex with many variables. DEVELOP takes into consideration current activities and projects, NASA Headquarters approval, and many other factors, including questions such as: