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January 12, 2018
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Winter rains falling on recently burned ground triggered deadly mudslides in Santa Barbara County, California on January 9. NASA calculated the amount of rain fall between January 8 and 10, 2018 and calculated the potential for landslides.

 

January 11, 2018
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This workshop will identify challenges and gaps in the incorporation of remote sensing and modeling into coastal hazards decision-making, and will assist NASA to build capacity for research and disaster response related to individual and cascading coastal hazards.

 

January 11, 2018
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Murray, who is based at Langley Research Center, keeps an eye on them all because natural catastrophes are his job. He’s an associate manager of NASA’s disasters program. In its fiscal year ending Sept. 30, the agency responded to 106 disastrous events worldwide, providing data and images from its network of satellites and aircraft. That information has been used for everything from positioning power restoration crews in the wake of hurricanes to crafting no-fly zones after volcanic eruptions. “If there’s a major event anywhere, we’re providing something to somebody,” Murray said.

 

January 11, 2018
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NASA announced Sept 26 that Old Dominion University researcher Ben Hamlington will serve as the agency's Sea Level Change Team (SLCT) for the next three years. The new SLCT consists of eight members selected from 20 research proposals. Hamlington's research proposal, "Identifying, Quantifying and Projecting Decadal Sea Level Change" was chosen from five proposals to lead the team. According to NASA, the program is intended to integrate research to improve the accuracy of sea level rise estimates and communicate those results in a simplified manner to the scientific community and general public.

 

January 11, 2018
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A team of NASA scientists is using a high-altitude aircraft and a sophisticated imaging spectrometer to study environmental impacts caused by the devastating Southern California wildfires. NASA’s ER-2, based at Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale, California, flies as high as 70,000 feet (21,300 meters), almost twice as high as a commercial airliner. NASA uses the unique perspective of the ER-2 for science research missions over much of the world. This month, the aircraft has been flying locally over California, testing early versions of science instruments that may one day be launched into space on board a satellite to observe our home planet Earth.

 

January 2, 2018
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Since 2011, DEVELOP's VPS has featured the program's feasibility projects through short videos that showcase the application of NASA Earth observations to address environmental issues around the globe. Visitors have the opportunity to peruse project pages, view short videos, and interact with the teams through social media. Once again DEVELOP has returned to host the 2017 Fall Term VPS competition, but with a twist! The VPS competition will have three rounds of judging in a bracket style format. The final two videos will compete head-to-head in a public competition based on likes and shares on DEVELOP's Twitter, YouTube, & Facebook pages. This new format is an exciting one for us at DEVELOP, and we hope you will enjoy it! DEVELOP's 2017 Fall Term has been an exhilarating one with 18 projects featuring the capabilities of NASA Earth observations to address environmental issues in 28 U.S. states and 4 countries. 103 DEVELOPers collaborated with over 50 partner organizations to address

 

January 2, 2018
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The third SERVIR Annual Global Exchange (SAGE) brought together over 110 team members from across the SERVIR network to Bilbao, Spain from October 9-13, 2017. The largest since its inception, the exchange drew participants from SERVIR hubs in Niger, Kenya, Nepal and Thailand; the SERVIR Science Coordination Office in Huntsville, Alabama; NASA and USAID Headquarters in Washington, D.C.; USAID Missions; SERVIR Support Team; and SERVIR Applied Sciences Team members from institutions across the United States.

 

November 29, 2017
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NASA Water Resources Associate Program Manager John Bolten co-organized a session, entitled "Using Earth Observations and Models for Improved Water Sustainability" at World Water Week in Stockholm on August 29, 2017. Other co-organizers included Andras Szollosi-Nagy (UNESCO and SWFP), Simon Langan (IIASA), Richard Lawford (NASA/Morgan State University), Matilda Gennvi Gustafsson (Ericsson). The session, which was sponsored by NASA, brought together experts in remote sensing, big data processing, information and communications technologies, Internet of Things platforms, water policy, scenario development, innovative water management strategies, and monitoring technologies. An estimated 60 participants attended the session and engaged in the discussions following four presentations. The presentations and discussion were supportive of the often-repeated observation, “if you can’t measure water, you can’t manage water.”

 

September 25, 2017
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NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s SERVIR and Short-term Prediction Research and Transition (SPoRT) Center programs have been selected to host Komlan “Richard” Folly, a native of Togo, West Africa, participating in the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in August and September 2017. The Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking opportunities. The Fellows, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries. These young leaders represent the diversity of Africa, including equal numbers of women and men, individuals with disabilities, and people from both urban and rural areas.

 

September 25, 2017
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The RCMRD Space Challenge 2017 Awards Ceremony was held on July 7, 2017, at the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) in Nairobi, Kenya. Seven schools participated in the challenge, which was split into three parts: orientation for teachers, installation of automatic weather stations in select schools, and recording of data on three parameters. This RCMRD Space Challenge program will endeavor to showcase to the primary and secondary schools participating in the challenge the importance of data collection as well as the need for analysis and interpretation of the data collected in decision making. The Space Challenge is part of RCMRD’s strategy to engage young people within its member States.

 

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