Identifying drought-prone areas and developing an early warning system for crop damage. Protecting biologically diverse areas of the National Park System with a trail monitoring tool. Confirming flooded areas to better inform decision-makers during a disaster.

Each program area supports a variety of projects that utilize Earth observations to identify challenges around the world and create innovative solutions. Our portfolio demonstrates the benefits of using NASA Earth observations to enhance decision-making and improve life on Earth.

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Principal Investigator

Matthew Oliver

Proposals that respond to section 3.1.1 (Remote Sensing as a Catalyst for Large-scale Conservation) should link natural seascapes to large-scale conservation using satellite imagery to enable conservation planning with end-user organizations. End users should have enhanced tools for decision making, management strategies and seascape management...
Principal Investigator

Seth Wenger

Conservation management for salmonids (trout + salmon) as for other taxa often requires decisions on the allocation of scarce resources. These decisions are typically supported by spatial prioritization schemes that seek to identify those populations with the highest chance of persistence under current conditions, and...
Principal Investigator

Augusto Getirana

In this proposal we seek to partner with the SERVIR-West Africa hub AGRHYMET in Niamey, Niger to provide improved estimation and predictability of water resources for integrated water management in the areas of the AGRHYMET member nations, with a focus on (1) hydrologic modeling to...
Principal Investigator

Walter Jetz

Biodiversity and the many ecosystem functions and services it underpins are undergoing significant changes and needs worldwide scientifically rigorous information to monitor their status and trends. Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) capture key constituent components of biodiversity change. The EBV class ‘Species Populations addresses the most...

Principal Investigator

Bradley Penta

We will develop an Adaptive Ecosystem Climatology (AEC) to provide a flexible, on-line tool for ecoforecasting applications; it will meld observations collected by amateur observers (crowdsourcing), Earth Observation (EO) satellites, archived in-situ data, and output from a state-of-the-art, data assimilative, coupled bio-optical-physical ocean model system...
Principal Investigator

Margaret T Glasscoe

Floods are the deadliest and most costly natural hazard worldwide, so it is important to obtain highly reliable information about global flooding events. This project aims to integrate flood inundation information from multiple sources into the DisasterAWARE® (All-hazard Warnings, Analysis, and Risk Evaluation) platform, providing...

Principal Investigator

Matthew C Hansen

Summary: Area estimation of croplands is a challenge, made difficult by the variety of cropping systems, including crop types, management practices, and field sizes. The goal of this project is to work towards a standard method for estimating cultivated crop area at the global scale...
Principal Investigator

Daniel Ames

Imagine being able to predict streamflow on every river and stream in the world for the next 15 days! With our global streamflow modelling and simulation product and web applications this is now possible. What can be done with these forecasts when they are combined...

Principal Investigator

Gia Mancini

An Interactive Model of Mosquito Presence and Distribution to Assist Vector-Borne Disease Management in Western Europe

Vector-borne diseases, caused by pathogens and parasites, are transmitted through living organism carriers known as vectors. Mosquitoes are the most common disease vectors and transmit illnesses such as Zika, West Nile, chikungunya, malaria, dengue, and yellow fever. These diseases affect millions of people around the...

Principal Investigator

Noah Molotch

The overarching goal of the project is to characterize anomalies in water supply and demand using a combination of NASA satellite observations and NASA physically based land surface models. The annual water supply-demand imbalance is ingested into existing California Department of Water Resources (CA...