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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.

 

May 5, 2017
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Like many rivers across the world, the Nzoia River in western Kenya pushes over its banks each year. For example, in November 2008, the river burst through the dikes, flooding the low-lying land around it. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, at least 5,000 people were marooned or evacuated from the banks of the swollen river. The SERVIR Flood Map Tool, which was co-developed by the SERVIR Applied Sciences Team and the SERVIR-E&SA hub, has been used to identify sections of the dikes that needed repair. Based on this information, the World Bank’s Water Security and Resilience Project provided financial assistance to design and implement the repairs.

 

May 5, 2017
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The SERVIR Science Coordination Office recently convened a week-long Geospatial Information Technology (GIT) exchange hosted at the University of San Francisco for members of the SERVIR global network. Representatives from SERVIR-West Africa, SERVIR-Eastern & Southern Africa (E&SA), SERVIR-Himalaya, and SERVIR-Mekong made the trip to spend 13-17 March 2017 in the “City by the Bay” with USAID, NASA, and SERVIR Support Team personnel. Experts from leading technology companies in the geospatial information arena also participated during the first two days of the event. The annual exchange is primarily a venue for sharing information and knowledge among the SERVIR network on Geospatial Information Technologies, and to promote collaboration in GIT matters across the network.

 

May 5, 2017
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Satellites Reveal Shrinking Water, Bare Shorelines in Lower Grand Canyon NASA satellite imagery shows a more detailed picture of how drought has shrunk water levels and exposed the bottom of the Colorado River in the lower Grand Canyon.

 

May 5, 2017
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DEVELOP's Chesapeake Bay Agriculture project was featured by NASA's Earth Observatory. The primary goals of this project were to automate key steps in acquiring yearly satellite imagery and compute vegetation metrics to assess winter cover crop performance in the Chesapeake Bay. As a test case, four Maryland counties were used to calculate NDVI derived biomass, nitrogen content, and percent nitrogen by field from 2006-2016. In addition, software was developed to calculate the same metrics in future years. Monitoring cover crop performance in the Chesapeake Bay using Earth observations (EO) allows the MD Department of Agriculture (MDA) to confirm cover crop implementation and to inform adaptive management. 

 

April 12, 2017
NASA's new Black Marble image of the Earth at night.
NASA scientists are releasing new global maps of Earth at night, providing the clearest yet composite view of the patterns of human settlement across our planet.

 

April 5, 2017
Group photo of the attendees of the 2017 Ambassador Dialogue on Disaster Risk Reduction across the Americas.
On April 5, 2017, the Embassy of Costa Rica in the United States hosted an Ambassador-level Dialogue on Disaster Risk Reduction across the Americas. The goal of the dialogue was to build cohesion, promote strong partnerships amongst stakeholder countries, and build on the emphasis of science and technology in disaster risk reduction, as called for under the SENDAI framework. The event, which was facilitated by the NASA Disasters Program, with participation from NOAA and USGS leadership, also highlighted the important role that Earth Observations and remote sensing imagery and data have in helping decision makers better prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. The event took place as one of a series of related meetings and conferences across the Americas, which will culminate with a regional Disaster Risk Reduction across the Americas Summit in Buenos Aires on September 4, 2017. Representatives from embassies of 15 countries attended, including many Ambassadors.

 

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