NASA Joins Earth Science Community at Esri Mapping Conference

Members of the NASA Disasters Program at the Esri user conference. Credit: NASA Disasters Program

Members of the NASA Disasters Program at the 2019 Esri User Conference. Credit: NASA

The week of July 13, 2020, NASA’s Earth Applied Sciences Program is participating in the all-virtual Esri User Conference. Esri is the organization responsible for ArcGIS, a software that helps researchers map complex components of Earth’s systems. With learning opportunities like technical workshops and lightning talks, the event will connect NASA scientists to communities of potential users of NASA resources, to highlight how Earth observations and research products can be used to inform efforts to advance and protect human and ecological health.

Screenshot of the NASA Disasters  mapping portal

The NASA Disasters Mapping Portal can help connect emergency response managers quickly access satellite data related to natural events like floods, cyclones and fires. Credits: NASA

The NASA Earth Applied Sciences Disasters Program is participating with a virtual booth that will highlight the NASA Disasters Mapping Portal, which provides data products, maps and applications to support the preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation of disasters both domestically and around the world.. This web interface, designed for emergency response managers and scientists alike, uses Esri’s ArcGIS software to view and analyze the latest satellite data products and disaster response datasets in near real-time. Researchers working with the NASA Disasters Program will be available at the virtual booth throughout the conference to answer questions and discuss topics such as weather forecasting, tracking landslides using citizen science, using synthetic aperture radar (SAR) to improve resilience and response, and more. See below for a full schedule of discussions.   

A new book produced by Esri, “GIS for Science, Volume 2: Applying Mapping and Spatial Analytics”, will be premiered at the Esri User Conference and made available free to all attendees of the Science Symposium as a digital download. The book includes a chapter entitled “Monitoring Disasters” which was written by the NASA Disasters Program GIS team, and provides many real-world examples of how the NASA Disasters Mapping portal has be used to aid in disaster response and recovery in the past few years. An official print version of the book will be published and released later this year.

While last year’s Disasters booth at the 2019 Esri Users Conference saw 18,000 visitors, this year’s new virtual format is expected to allow up to 60,000 people to better understand NASA’s resources by interacting with the virtual booth.

The Jazz Observatory website provides insight on the innovative use of Earth observations to advance scientific fields like ecological diversity and human health. Credit: U.S. Group on Earth Observations

The Jazz Observatory website provides insight on the innovative use of Earth observations to advance scientific fields like ecological diversity and human health. Credit: U.S. Group on Earth Observations

NASA is a founding member of the U.S. Group on Earth Observations (USGEO), an inter-agency forum established by the U.S. government to support the development of Earth-observing resources. USGEO is hosting a virtual exhibit at the Esri Users Conference titled "Jazz Observatory". Jazz Observatory combines music and science to explain how scientists and communities can collaborate to use Earth observations, like those from NASA satellites, for everything from emergency preparedness to ecological conservation. During the virtual conference, USGEO will also brief attendees on the national plan to foster partnerships that support and inform vital decision making across the country, and answer questions from participants on some of the most pressing Earth science issues that scientific collaboration like USGEO can help address.

 

NASA Disasters Program Booth Scheduled Discussions

Tuesday 7/14

Time Available (PDT)

Scientists

Project

8:30am – 9:00am

Kyle Hilburn and Angel Farquell Caus

Enhanced Forecasting of Weather, Fire Behavior and Smoke Impact for Improved Wildland Fire Decision Making

11:00am – 11:30am

Franz Meyer and Team

Integrating Synthetic Aperture Radar Data for Improved Resilience and Response to Weather-Related Disasters

11:30am– 2:00pm

Georgiana Esquivias

Identifying Critical Infrastructure Exposure for Disaster Forecasting, Mitigation and Response

Wednesday 7/15

Time Available (PDT)

Scientists

Project

8:00am – 8:30am

John-Paul Vernier

Volcanoes and Wildfires Scientist and Coordinator for Langley Research Center

8:30am – 9:00am

Landslides Team

Landslide Reporter and Viewer Citizen Science Apps

11:00am – 11:30am

Franz Meyer and Team

Integrating Synthetic Aperture Radar Data for Improved Resilience and Response to Weather-Related Disasters

11:30am – 2:00pm

Georgiana Esquivias

Identifying Critical Infrastructure Exposure for Disaster Forecasting, Mitigation and Response