NASA has partnered with the services firm DevGlobal to launch NASA Lifelines, an initiative which brings together scientists and humanitarians to advance the use of Earth science for decision-making. NASA Lifelines will connect experts through an online hub, as well as a series of activities which include simulation exercises that will test innovations in real-world scenarios, augmented-reality community murals, and “speed dating” events that will match humanitarians and scientists to spark new research collaborations and ideas. These activities aim to foster innovation and collaboration across disciplines, helping to solve some of the most pressing humanitarian challenges that communities around the world face, from food security to disaster response and recovery.
“At the core of global disasters and crises is the nexus between humans and their environment,” said Shanna McClain, NASA Disasters program manager. “The more we integrate Earth and environmental science into humanitarian action, the more likely we are to alleviate human suffering. NASA Lifelines will create new paths that equip humanitarian organizations and communities around the globe with valuable Earth science insights capable of achieving just that.”