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

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

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...
Principal Investigator

Karyn Tabor

Indigenous peoples are a key stakeholder group for achieving sustainable land management and addressing global challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss. There is a need to enhance the monitoring capabilities of indigenous organizations so that they can readily access technical tools and information to...
Principal Investigator

Enrique Montes

The Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) is a Thematic BON established under the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON). The MBON is also the highest priority program identified by the GEO AmeriGEOSS initiative under its Ecosystems and Biodiversity Sustainability Societal Benefit Area...
Principal Investigator

Franz Meyer

Satellite-based radar remote sensing is a rapidly developing technology used for monitoring the Earth’s surface under all weather and illumination conditions. Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) sensors have the ability to consistently map the Earth environment, easily identify changes, and track deformations with high precision across...