Fourteen students from Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayas have learned to use satellite data and mapping technologies to address climate change issues in their regions. On Thursday, April 3, 2014, those students will present and discuss their efforts at NASA Headquarters.
The public event will begin at 9 a.m. in the James E. Webb Auditorium at 300 E St. SW, Washington. NASA Television will simulcast the event live.
The students and their resulting work are a part of the My Community, Our Earth/SERVIR program, a global fellowship program sponsored by NASA, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Association of American Geographers (AAG). Students participating in the MyCOE/SERVIR program receive long-term taining to use Earth observations, geography, and geospatial technologies to address climate change issues in developing regions.
The My Community, Our Earth program is a public-private partnership administered by the Association of American Geographers to provide the mentorship, networking, and professional development necessary to transform innovators into scholars with the skills to connect their science results to the public and decision makers.
SERVIR, an acronym meaning "to serve" in Spanish, is a joint venture between NASA and USAID. SERVIR works in partnership with leading regional organizations around the globe to help developing countries use information provided by Earth-observing satellites and geospatial technologies to better manage climate risks and sustainability of natural resources.
The student-led projects address a range of issues including agricultural productivity, water resources, sea level change, food safety, forest conservation, and natural disaster planning. During the hour of short presentations, students will be taking questions via Twitter using the hashtag #askNASA. Presentations also will be streamed live online.
For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and scheduling information, visit www.nasa.gov/nasatv.
After the presentations, students and program sponsors will be available from 10-11 a.m. in the auditorium lobby to discuss their projects.
For more information on the fellowship program, visit www.aag.org/mycoe.servir.
Additional information about the SERVIR program is available at www.servirglobal.net and www.nasa.gov/servir.