DEVELOP cultivates the next generation of leaders and Earth observation users by working with communities and organizations to address environmental and policy concerns through the practical use of NASA Earth science information.

Part of the Capacity Building program area, DEVELOP began in 1998 and has grown into a nationwide program that engages over 250 participants and 100 partner organizations every year. (While the name DEVELOP is written in uppercase letters, it’s not an acronym — it’s a proper name that showcases its purpose in developing new scientists.)

DEVELOP conducts 10-week feasibility studies that assess the application of Earth observations and geospatial data for partner organizations' decision-making needs. Projects address priorities and concerns in 10 thematic area: Agriculture, Climate, Disasters, Ecological Forecasting, Energy, Health & Air Quality, Urban Development, Transportation & Infrastructure, Water Resources, and Wildfires. 

Participants apply through a competitive application process and those selected are placed on interdisciplinary teams to conduct research projects under the guidance of DEVELOP advisors and mentors. The participant experience puts equal emphasis on conducting both the research and effective science communication, with opportunities to build both technical and "soft skills" throughout the 10 weeks.

DEVELOP projects partner with organizations that have an interest in integrating Earth observations into their decision making processes. Each project centers around a partner's decision and is tailored to create products specifically to better inform their decision making.

DEVELOP projects bridge the gap between NASA’s Earth science data and society, addressing environmental concerns and enhancing decision-making to improve life here on Earth.

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