Science Serving Society: NASA DEVELOP 2013 Virtual Poster Session Winners Announced

A view of Princess Charlotte Bay, Australia, as seen by Landsat 8’s Operational Land Imager (OLI). Shown in silhouette of Landsat 8.  Image Art Credit: Chris McKeel, DEVELOP

A view of Princess Charlotte Bay, Australia, as seen by Landsat 8’s Operational Land Imager (OLI). Shown in silhouette of Landsat 8. Image Art Credit: Chris McKeel, DEVELOP

A grand-prize winner and runner-up have been selected for the summer 2013 Virtual Poster Session (VPS) contributed by NASA’s DEVELOP National Program. The contest included 30 projects conducted by 141 participants from around the globe.

The grand prize goes to the project, “Fire and Ice Wars: Battles in the Sierra Nevada Mountains,” conducted by a team of six interns at DEVELOP’s Ames Research Center. The team used NASA Earth-observing satellites to monitor snow water equivalent anomalies, snowpack, and forest disturbance in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

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.

Runner-up honors go to “Analyzing Raster to Make Virginia Vineyards Vaster,” a collaborative effort between students at DEVELOP’s Langley Research Center and the Patrick Henry Building, on mapping crop suitability in Virginia, with a focus on viticulture.

“Had I been in the room while they presented these, I would have given all teams a huge amount of credit and praise for wonderful work,” said Chris Kilzer, one of 18 in a judging panel, and a satellite systems engineer for the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership and Joint Polar Satellite System, and program manager for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Satellite Information Service at Arctic Slope Regional Corp.

“It is distinctly obvious that they took the work seriously and were doing real, practical applications of scientific resources available to them with creative approaches.”

The top projects were selected from six teams who won best-in-category honors in a first round of judging based on the overall product, blogging, and creativity:

Monitoring Earth’s Water Resources: best in category – “Fire and Ice Wars: Battles in the Sierra Nevada Mountains” (Ames Research Center)

Observing Earth’s Agriculture: best in category – “Analyzing Raster to Make Virginia Vineyards Vaster” (Langley Research Center)

Responding to Natural Disasters: best in category – “Unearthing Faults: Locating Unknown Faults in Southern California using NASA Earth Observations” (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

Investigating Earth’s Climate and Energy: best in category – “To Flare or not to Flare: Satellite Assessment of Gas Flaring and Climate Relationships” (Stennis Space Center)

Forecasting Earth’s Ecosystems: best in category – “Stopping the Spread of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid” (University of Georgia and Marshall Space Flight Center)

Analyzing Health and Air Quality Impacts on Earth: best in category – “Fire Burning: Birmingham’s Lung Decay?” (University of Georgia and Marshall Space Flight Center)

“The videos were all really good and insightful in the type of applications our work has for domestic and international entities,” added judge Denna Lambert, a detailee to the Science Mission Directorate’s Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters.

For more information about DEVELOP, visit the DEVELOP website.

Previous Earthzine Virtual Poster Sessions are listed in our VPS Archive.

 

Monitoring Earth’s Water Resources: Hydrology, Water Quality and Ocean Phenomena

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Image Credit: NASA Applied Sciences Program.

Fire and Ice Wars: Battles in the Sierra Nevada Mountains

Utilizing Landsat and Statistical Models for Mapping Wetlands in Northern Colorado

Predicting the Movement of Pumice Rafts for Enhanced Navigational Warnings

Monitoring Chlorophyll, Cyanobacteria and Algal Blooms in Lake Champlain

Pass the Salt: Monitoring Gulf of Mexico Near-Shore Salinity with NASA Earth Observations

Maximizing Yosemite’s Hydrologic Model, One Parameter at a Time

 

 

Observing Earth’s Agriculture: Rangeland, Forests, Crop Yields and Climate Suitability

Photo of a plowed field.

Image Credit: NASA Applied Sciences Program.

The Great Plains of Wrath: Assessing Drought Conditions in Rangelands

Using NASA Earth Observations and a Temporal-Based Decision Model to Identify Crops

Risky Business: Using NASA EOS to Determine Areas Most at Risk of Soil Erosion

Analyzing Raster to Make Virginia Vineyards Vaster

Augmenting Post-Wildfire Mitigation through the Application of Earth Observations

 

 

 

Responding to Natural Disasters: Earthquake Risk, Levee Seeps and Wildfires

Photo of lightning and a volcano eruption.

Image Credit: NASA Applied Sciences Program.

Utilizing SAR Sensors to Assess Infrastructure Conditions After Disasters

Unearthing Faults: Locating Unknown Faults in Southern California using NASA Earth Observations

Studying Wild Fires in Coahuila, Mexico using NASA’s Earth Observations

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investigating Earth’s Climate and Energy: Green Energy Suitability and Gas Flaring

Photo of wind turbines in a field.

Image Credit: NASA Applied Sciences Program.

Igniting the Power Grid in Rwanda using NASA Earth Observations

To Flare or not to Flare: Satellite Assessment of Gas Flaring and Climate Relationships

Deriving Solar Energy Resource Availability using NASA Earth Observing Systems

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forecasting Earth’s Ecosystems: Conservation, Restoration and Invasive Species

Photo of a forest.

Image Credit: NASA Applied Sciences Program.

Stopping Wetland Dieback, a Journey through the Muck

Investigating Past and Future Changes in Mangrove Extent in Myanmar

Using NASA Sensors to Analyze Threats to the Environment in Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh

To Save a Mockingbird: Monitoring Oak Habitats for Bird Conservation

Keeping Bearded Monkeys Cracking Nuts

Tracking the Beetle: Modeling Mountain Pine Beetle Mortality in Colorado

Tracking Vegetation Changes in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park

Phragile’ Oasis: Phragmites in the Great Dismal Swamp

Stopping the Spread of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

 

Analyzing Health and Air Quality Impacts on Earth: Disease Risk, Air Quality and Aerosol Transport

Photo of clouds.

Image Credit: NASA Applied Sciences Program.

Fire Burning: Birmingham’s Lung Decay?

Of Sandflies and Men: Environmental Factors Contributing to Kala Azar Outbreaks

Examining Meningococcal Meningitis and Climate in the Sahel

Measuring the Past Decade’s Air Quality of Southwestern Virginia