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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.

 

September 25, 2017
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The SERVIR-Amazonia Request for Application (RFA) has been extended to 13 October 2017. As described in the grant opportunity posted at grants.gov: The SERVIR Amazonia activity will support a regionally focused consortium to pursue the following objectives: (1) Strengthen a regional system or hub for dissemination of, and collaboration around, key publicly available precipitation and hydrologic monitoring and modeling data; (2) Build and institutionalize Amazon region capacity for generation, dissemination, and use of geospatial information and tools for decision support; and (3) Develop user-tailored tools to inform government and civil society decision making.

 

September 25, 2017
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DEVELOP featured 10 projects in a series of web articles hosted by IEEE Earthzine. These projects highlighted the use of NASA Earth observations to address wildfire management, tropical cycle risk, monitoring air quality parameters, and mitigating extreme heat.

 

September 25, 2017
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IEEE Earthzine and Esri collaborated to support the summer DEVELOP virtual poster session. Esri's Joseph Kerski highlighted the winning video in a blog post about the winning project video "Say No to the Glow".

 

September 7, 2017
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The Bureau of Reclamation announced the launch of a prize competition seeking innovative, interactive, and user-driven visualizations to improve the understanding of past, current, and projected water conditions in the Colorado River Basin (CRB). The goal is to leverage the power of crowd-sourcing and diverse solver skillsets to find new ways to display data. A total cash prize purse of $60,000 is available, to be split among the winners. Competition closes on November 17, 2017. View the video and get more details at https://www.usbr.gov/research/challenges/datavis.html.

 

August 8, 2017
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Agricultural crops can wither in a flash when the days turn hot, the air dries, the rain stops and moisture evaporates quickly from the soil. A new early warning system developed by two nationally recognized centers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, along with the U.S. Geological Survey, can help alert stakeholders as drought begins. The Quick Drought Response Index, or QuickDRI, is a weekly alarm sensitive to early-stage drought conditions and rapidly evolving drought events. Developed by the National Drought Mitigation Center in coordination with USGS, the index combines and analyzes four drought indicators – precipitation, soil moisture, vegetation health and evaporative moisture loss from plants — all at once to better "see" drought conditions emerge before traditional drought-monitoring tools. QuickDRI transitioned to operational status with the U.S. Drought Monitor and USGS in June, 2017, improving our ability to detect and monitor drought across the U.S.

 

August 8, 2017
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This article is one of many that highlighted the work of the Cyanobacteria Assessment Network (CyAN), a multi-agency project among the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and EPA to develop an early warning indicator system using historical and current satellite data to detect algal blooms in U.S. freshwater systems. This research supports federal, state, and local partners in their monitoring efforts to assess water quality to protect aquatic and human health. EPA Region 8 requested specific support for the State of Utah with early access to the imagery based on the severity of blooms from the previous year. A cyanobacteria bloom in Utah Lake was identified just before the July 4th weekend. The news articles related to the Utah DEQ press release acknowledge the bloom was first detected via satellite imagery early warning!

 

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