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

Luis G Goncalves

We propose the use of NASA remote sensing and modeling products combined with surface observations at various scales to improve decisions support systems in agriculture, drought and water resources management for South America (SA). This proposal builds upon a partnership between NASA and various U.S...
Principal Investigator

Alexei Lyapustin

This proposal addresses the ROSES-2008 A.19 call for the Earth Science Applications Feasibility Study. We propose an 18-month investigation for 1.3.1 Agriculture and 1.3.2 Air Quality applications. This proposal capitalizes on our progress on the MODIS data processing algorithms developed at NASA?s Terrestrial Ecology Program...
Principal Investigator

Philip Townsend

Mathematical models are critical to predicting the effects of human activities and natural processes on water quality. Water quality decision support systems (DSS) such as BASINS (and the HSPF model embedded in BASINS) are used extensively to simulate watershed processes, allowing for the partitioning of...
Principal Investigator

Liping Di

Timely and accurate information on weekly crop progress and development is essential to a dynamic agricultural industry in the U. S. and the world. By law, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) of the U. S. Department of Agriculture?s (USDA) is responsible for monitoring and...
Principal Investigator

Cynthia Rosenzweig

This proposal addresses the theme of improving agricultural forecasts through a blend of downscaled climate models and observations in support of the Agriculture and Water Resources application areas/priority topics. The central objectives are to: 1) expand the usage of climate model and mission products for...
Principal Investigator

Julie A. Haggerty

In support of the weather component of the NASA Applied Sciences Program, the proposed effort will adapt satellite-derived cloud microphysical products for detection of a recently recognized aviation hazard, jet-engine powerloss in deep convective clouds. As described in a recent Wall Street Journal article, these...
Principal Investigator

Stephen C Hagen

We propose to deploy a system to directly apply observations from NASA's MODIS sensors into the existing USDA-NRCS rangeland conservation program decision making process in Arizona and New Mexico. Specifically, we propose to the Agriculture (1.3.1) application area, where MODIS derived estimates of vegetation cover...
Principal Investigator

Barbara Gail Brown

This investigation will make use of unique NASA observations of cloud properties from A Train instruments to improve decision making for aviation applications. The key instruments to be used include the CloudSat Cloud Profiling Radar, CALIPSO?s active lidar, and Aqua?s MODIS imaging spectroradiometer. The satellite...