DEVELOPers attended the George Wright Society Conference in Norfolk, Virginia to demonstrate how America's national parks can benefit from the use of NASA Earth observations in their decision making processes. These collaborative projects were highlighted in two sessions, one co-chaired by NASA and NPS. This session concluded with the presentation of an "Intermountain Region Natural Resources Partnership" award to the NASA DEVELOP Program on behalf of the NPS Intermountain Region for the program's efforts and support during the National Park Service's Centennial. Many thanks to the National Park Service!
Congratulations to Austin Counts, selected as the Spring 2017 DEVELOPer of the Term! Austin was nominated by the Wise County and the Idaho Center Leads for his remarkable communication and collaboration skills. He worked on a multi-node, collaborative project and helped to ensure successful end results, even though participants were separated by two time zones and nearly 2,000 miles. He not only pre-emptively identified problems and solutions, but his hard-work ethic was contagious and motivated team members to accomplish project goals with little direction from project or node leadership. In essence, he embodied a leader's personality while still maintaining personable team relations.
Jessica Fayne from Goddard Space Flight Center was selected as the Fall 2016 DEVELOPer of the term by her center lead and the national program office due to her incredible and voluntary contributions to the program. Center Lead Sean McCartney nominated Jessica due to her continually demonstrated passion for scientific research and her dexterous collaboration with peers and scientific advisors. Congratulations and thank you, Jessica!
Annual Earth Science Applications Showcase
DEVELOP hosted the Annual Earth Science Applications Showcase at NASA Headquarters on August 10th. 30 projects were featured highlighting the applications of NASA Earth science data for environmental decision making around the globe. Check out the NASA Earth Periscope event video and Earth Observatory's Tumblr!
Congratulations to Priscilla Addison and Maya Midzic for being selected as a DEVELOPers of the Term. Priscilla was a member of the Easter Idaho Disasters Team at the BLM at Idaho State University. Maya was a member of the San Francisco Bay Health & Air Quality team at NASA Ames Research Center. Congratulations to Priscilla & Maya!
In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial in 2016, DEVELOP partnered with NPS to use NASA Earth observations to monitor change and threats to America's national parks and inventory and monitoring networks. On August 9th, DEVELOP presented a poster session at the DOI building in Washington DC. Congratulations NPS on 100 years of excellence!
DEVELOP and the Embassy of Costa Rica to the United States collaborated on two summer projects applying NASA Earth observations to enhance water management in Costa Rica. These projects culminated in presentation at the Embassy of Costa Rica in Washington DC on August 9th where the teams discussed their project results and experience working with DEVELOP. Muchas gracias to the Costa Rica Embassy!
This summer, Science Systems and Applications Inc. (SSAI) selected three participants to receive scholarships: Jared Tomlin from Goddard, Rachel Cabosky from Langley and Daryl Ann Winstead from Marshall. All three embody not only DEVELOP's core values but those of SSAI! Congratulations to Jared, Rachel and Daryl Ann and thank you for your many contributions to DEVELOP
The NASA DEVELOP team at Goddard teams up with agencies in the Great Lakes Basin to map the spread of Phragmites Austrailis in the Great Lakes.
Read a recent interview with DEVELOP Alumni at Dito – a tech company based in Manassas, VA
Congratulations to the Lake Victoria Water Resources II team for winning the spring VPS contest! Their project looked at water hyacinth and how it negatively effects the Winam Gulf of Lake Victoria. This term's runner-up is the NCEI Levant and Central America Climate team, who utilized NASA and NOAA Earth observations to analyze vegetation patterns as related to various climatic events.
All of the spring videos can be viewed at Earthzine.org.
The 2016 Spring VPS is live on Earthzine. 108 particpants worked on 26 projects this Spring to develop these videos. The VPS contest will run through May 6th, with the first round ending April 15th, and the second round going from April 22nd through April 29th. In addition to content the videos are judged on the participants replies to comments left on the Earthzine site, so make sure to leave some good, challengeing comments for them!
Congratulations to Ryan Umberger, this Springs DEVELOPer of the Term. Ryan Umberger walked in the Wise County node unannounced during orientation on Day 1 of the term, having been sent to the node by a UVA-Wise astronomy professor just a few minutes earlier. Since that day he has been the ideal volunteer participant in the DEVELOP office. He came into the program with little working knowledge of GIS or remote sensing, and little in the way of an Earth science background. Ryan enthusiastically dug into the literature, GIS programs, and coding necessary for the project. He was a tremendous asset to the African Great Lakes Weather II team, the node, and DEVELOP as a whole. Ryan was instrumental in the drafting of all deliverables, including the production of a very polished VPS video.
Congratulations go to the Fort Collins Wyoming Eco team who won the Earthzine virtual poster session content with their video "A Changing Landscape: Monitoring cheatgrass with satellite imagery". Visit the VPS and watch the video here.
Congratulations to Sam Swanson, DEVELOP's 2015 Fall DEVELOPer of the Term. Located at the NCEI location, Sam was a remarkable team member showing passion, drive and a strong desire to improve and learn. Congratulations to Sam!
The DEVELOP node at John C. Stennis Space Center closed at the end of the 2015 Fall term. The rich legacy of the node was celebrated in a final close out event on Nov 19th with the Stennis and Mobile teams, as well as the DEVELOP National Program Office participating. Congratulations on a great final term!
This term, three participants were selected to receive scholarships from SSAI: Grant Mercer from the DEVELOP Langley office, Sara Amirazodi from the DEVELOP Marshall office, and Rodrigo Pereira da Silva from the DEVELOP Mobile County office. All three provided unique skills to the program and were selected for their enthusiasm, passion for their work, and overall contribution to the program. Congratulations to Grant, Sara, and Rodrigo!
Two participants were selected as the DEVELOPers of the Term for the summer 2015 term. Congratulations to Sara Lubkin, from the DEVELOP Richmond office, and to Sean McCartney, from the DEVELOP Goddard office. Both participants were selected for their strong leadership skills, and for demonstrating incredible initiative and dedication to their project. Congratulations to both of you!
DEVELOP shared the summer project portfolio at NASA HQ on July 30. It was a very successful event, including 38 posters, 13 flash talks, 8 flat screen demonstrations, 6 highlight presentations, and an end-user and partner panel discussion. Many leaders from NASA HQ stopped by for support, and remarks were given by John Grunsfeld, Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate; Michael Freilich, Earth Science Division Director; Lawrence Friedl, Director of the Applied Sciences Program; and Nancy Searby, Capacity Building Program Manager.