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

antarpreet jutla

Cholera continues to be a public health threat, particularly in regions that lack access to safe drinking water and sanitation (WASH) infrastructure. Most systematic research on the ecology of cholera over the past several decades has focused on and derived from data collected in the...
Principal Investigator

Victor Gutierrrez-Velez

Earth Observations data and products represent great potential for understanding, managing, and conserving biodiversity. The ability of decision makers to translate this vast amount of data into information for practical decisions is constrained by differences in data structures, sources, and formats and the complexity of...
Principal Investigator

Howard Epstein

Ecosystem functioning is shaped by physiological, ecological, biophysical, and biogeochemical processes.  Historically, inventorying and monitoring biodiversity have been based on structural and compositional features of the observed systems (e.g. the number of species present), but rarely have these efforts focused on functional features (e.g. variation...
Principal Investigator

Karl Rittger

This project will use sophisticated research algorithms to create essential water variables (EWVs) for snow and glacier ice. The EWVs will be analyzed as indicators to long-term trends in the Indus River basin that spans the countries of Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and China presenting transboundary...
Principal Investigator

Austin Troy

The proposed research will support the GEO Work Programme initiative “Earth Observation for Ecosystem Accounting” (EO4EA) Work Stream 4 for the United States. We seek funding for a postdoctoral researcher who will support a U.S. natural capital accounting working group. This group, jointly funded by...
Principal Investigator

Gregory Okin

This is a four-year Applications Project in response to the ROSES 2016 Ecological Monitoring RFP. Specifically, this proposal addresses topic: Remote Sensing as a Catalyst for Large-scale Conservation. The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) have partnered with...
Principal Investigator

Mary Blair

Effective policy responses to changes in biodiversity are only possible with adaptable analytic tools that leverage the influx of data from biodiversity observation systems. Such analytic tools must also be streamlined and readily mastered by researchers making scientific recommendations. In this project, we will create...
Principal Investigator

Luigi Boschetti

The Global Wildfire Information System (GWIS), hosted by the European Commission Joint Research Center and developed under the 2015-2016 GEO Work Program, provides an internet based portal and repository of fire information with the goal of enabling a comprehensive view and evaluation of fire regimes...
Principal Investigator

Alyssa Whitcraft

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is a coordination body that aims to enhance the use of Earth observations (EO) in environmental decision making through government institutions, academic and research institutions, data providers, and expertise in industry. GEO’s vision is to leverage these resources and...
Principal Investigator

Maria Kavanaugh

Background: The GEO-BON Thematic Marine Biodiversity Observing Network (MBON) supports the operational monitoring of marine biodiversity, defined broadly as the variety of life at the gene, species and ecosystem levels.  Understanding how biodiversity changes across these levels provides insight to ecosystems’ resiliency or vulnerability to...