Building Capacity to Use Earth Observations in Decision Making: A Case Study of NASA’s DEVELOP National Program Methods and Best Practices

Wednesday, 16 December 2015
Poster Hall (Moscone South)
Lauren M Childs-Gleason1, Kenton W Ross2, Georgina Crepps3, Tiffani Nicole Miller4, Jamie E Favors5, Lindsay Rogers6, Karen N Allsbrook7, Michael R Bender1 and Michael L Ruiz6, (1)Wise County / DEVELOP National Program, Hampton, VA, United States, (2)NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, United States, (3)DEVELOP, SSAI, Hampton, VA, United States, (4)DEVELOP, Hampton, VA, United States, (5)NASA DEVELOP National Program, Newport News, VA, United States, (6)NASA Langley Research Center, DEVELOP National Program, Hampton, VA, United States, (7)Science Systems and Applications, Inc. Hampton, DEVELOP National Program, Hampton, VA, United States
NASA’s DEVELOP National Program fosters an immersive research environment for dual capacity building. Through rapid feasibility Earth science projects, the future workforce and current decision makers are engaged in research projects to build skills and capabilities to use Earth observation in environmental management and policy making. DEVELOP conducts over 80 projects annually, successfully building skills through partnerships with over 150 organizations and providing over 350 opportunities for project participants each year. Filling a void between short-term training courses and long-term research projects, the DEVELOP model has been successful in supporting state, local, federal and international government organizations to adopt methodologies and enhance decision making processes. This presentation will highlight programmatic best practices, feedback from participants and partner organizations, and three sample case studies of successful adoption of methods in the decision making process.