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BLM @ISU: The Idaho Disasters III project team is studying the relationship between wildland fire and invasive vegetation in the rangeland and montane regions of southeast Idaho. Improved vegetation classification will allow fire managers to better identify areas with the greatest susceptibility to wildfire.
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Tomorrow is the last day to apply for the Fall 2015 DEVELOP term! Submissions are due by 11:59pm EDT on 7/3. Good luck to all! http://develop.larc.nasa.gov/apply.html
Ready to Apply? Here are some things you need to know.
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The Texas Water Resources Team is using a drought severity index to determine areas in Texas that are experiencing drought conditions that could lead to devastating wildfires. The Texas Forest Service will be able to use this information to allocate appropriate resources to locations that have increased wildfire risk.
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LaRC Project 6: The Colorado Water Resources II Team is locating areas within the Ralston Creek Watershed that were most impacted by the devastating 2013 floods. These heavily-impacted locations are currently sources of pollution and sedimentation, thus identifying them will provide suggestions for future restoration sites.
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LaRC Project 4: The North Carolina Ecological Forecasting Team is determining the health and extent of wetlands in the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, and forecasting how they will change with respect to climate change.
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LaRC Project 2: The Arizona Health and Air Quality Team is determining urban heat island locations in the Phoenix metro area to better inform the Maricopa County Health Department’s creation of cooling centers. These cooling centers provide public access to cool areas during extremely hot days, but do not currently take into consideration spatial heat variability. Providing the Maricopa County Health Department with information regarding this spatial variability will allow them to make better decisions regarding future cooling centers.
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NODE OF THE WEEK- NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC)— Hampton, Virginia. Langley Research Center is steeped in history that dates back to 1917. Early research in aviation was completed at Langley, with Orville Wright and Charles Lindbergh among some of the individuals who worked there. Langley is the birthplace of the DEVELOP Program (1998), and it is the location of DEVELOP’s National Program Office. Each term, DEVELOP participants enjoy different aspects of Langley history, including the 8-ft. High Temperature Tunnel, as well as the NASA Hangar, pictured here with the summer participants. Stay tuned for more information about LaRC DEVELOP’s 34 participants and 7 summer projects, as well as its science advisor!
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NODE OF THE WEEK: Bureau of Land Management at Idaho State University’s GIS Training and Research Center (TReC) – Pocatello, Idaho. This summer, DEVELOP welcomed its newest node, BLM @ ISU GIS TReC. The GIS TReC is completing the third term of a three-term project that began in Fall 2014 related to wildland fires in Idaho. Stay tuned for more information about this DEVELOP node, its project, and lead science advisor!
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Meet Dr. Kenton Ross, science advisor for LaRC and lead science advisor for DEVELOP. Dr. Ross began with DEVELOP at Stennis Space Center in 2006, advising DEVELOP projects that utilized NASA Earth Observing Systems in innovative ways to assist the Gulf Coast recovery following Hurricane Katrina. With a PhD in Agronomy from Purdue University, Dr. Ross has advised many of DEVELOP’s projects throughout the years, and in January of 2012, he came to work with DEVELOP’s National Program Office. He now oversees the scientific merit of DEVELOP projects, and assists the assemblage of science advisors across the country.
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LaRC Project 5: The Northwest United States Agriculture III Team is determining suitable locations for apple orchards in the state of Washington under various climate scenarios. Washington produces 65% of the nation’s apples, adding 2.2 billion dollars to the nation’s economy. This project will inform apple growers of future ideal apple orchard regions, which will allow them to make better decisions regarding apple production.
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LaRC Project 3: The Alaska Disasters Team is searching for oil seeps and spills off the coast of Northern Alaska to decrease Coast Guard response time to spill cleanup. They have identified locations of known seeps, and are creating a tool that will allow the Coast Guard to visualize MODIS, Landsat, and Sentinel-1 data in their clean up response.
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LaRC Project 1: The CALIPSO Cross Cutting team is working on creating a tool to visualize CALIPSO data, select certain objects within a CALIPSO curtain plot, and assign attributes to those objects. This project will ultimately create a searchable database for user-defined objects so researchers can more easily utilize the CALIPSO satellite data.
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DEVELOP is a NASA Science Mission Directorate Applied Sciences training and development program. Participants work on Earth science research projects, are mentored by science advisors from NASA and partner agencies, and share their research results with local communities. DEVELOP research projects demonstrate to community leaders the application and importance of NASA science measurements and predictions in addressing policy issues.