Science Serving Society: NASA DEVELOP 2013 Virtual Poster Session Winners Announced
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
Observing Earth’s Agriculture: Rangeland, Forests, Crop Yields and Climate Suitability
Responding to Natural Disasters: Earthquake Risk, Levee Seeps and Wildfires
Investigating Earth’s Climate and Energy: Green Energy Suitability and Gas Flaring
Forecasting Earth’s Ecosystems: Conservation, Restoration and Invasive Species
Analyzing Health and Air Quality Impacts on Earth: Disease Risk, Air Quality and Aerosol Transport