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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!

 

August 8, 2017
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In June of 2017, Earth & Space Science News released an article on the use of Earth Observations to better inform farmers of irrigation needs. Researchers from the University of Washington and Pakistan are using 21st century technology to revive farming as a profitable profession in the Indus Valley.

 

August 8, 2017
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On June 11, 2017, the Los Angeles Times ran a front-page story on NASA's SnowEx campaign titled "Measuring the snowpack goes high-tech with airborne lasers and radar".

 

August 8, 2017
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ASCE has honored Soroosh Sorooshian, Ph.D., M.ASCE, with the 2017 Ven Te Chow Award for his pioneering work in hydrologic science and water resources systems engineering, including hydrometeorology, hydroclimate studies, and application of remote sensing with special focus on the hydrologic cycle and water resources issues. Established in 1995, the Ven Te Chow Award recognizes individuals whose lifetime achievements in the field of hydrologic engineering have been distinguished by exceptional achievement and significant contributions in research, education, or practice.

 

May 24, 2017
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The SERVIR global network recently convened a four-day Service Planning Exchange hosted at the Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) -- SERVIR’s Eastern & Southern Africa Hub. Representatives from SERVIR-West Africa, SERVIR-Hindu Kush-Himalaya, and SERVIR-Mekong made the trip to Nairobi on April 24-27 along with USAID, NASA, and SERVIR Support Team personnel.

 

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