A multi-step approach to improving NASA Earth Science data access and use for decision support through online and hands-on training

Friday, 19 December 2014
Ana I Prados1, Pawan Gupta2, Amita V Mehta1, Cindy Schmidt3, Brock Blevins1, Annelise Carleton-Hug4 and David Barbato1, (1)University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD, United States, (2)NASA/Goddard Space Flight Ctr, Greenbelt, MD, United States, (3)Bay Area Environmental Research Institute Moffett Field, Moffett Field, CA, United States, (4)Trillium Associates, none, Ohiopyle, PA, United States
NASA’s Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET), http://arset.gsfc.nasa.gov, within NASA’s Applied Sciences Program, has been providing applied remote sensing training since 2008. The goals of the program are to develop the technical and analytical skills necessary to utilize NASA resources for decision-support, and to help end-users navigate through the vast data resources freely available. We discuss our multi-step approach to improving data access and use of NASA satellite and model data for air quality, water resources, disaster, and land management. The program has reached over 1600 participants world wide using a combined online and interactive approach. We will discuss lessons learned as well as best practices and success stories in improving the use of NASA Earth Science resources archived at multiple data centers by end-users in the private and public sectors. ARSET’s program evaluation method for improving the program and assessing the benefits of trainings to U.S and international organizations will also be described.