Earth Science Branch

The Earth Science Branch conducts research of the Earth as a system with a focus on lightning and precipitation processes, weather and climate variability, monitoring fluxes of heat and water from the surface, and associated data management and mining activities for scientific discovery and applications for societal benefit.

Machine Learning-Based Marine Debris Detection on High Resolution Satellite Imagery

May 20, 2021

Inter-Agency Implementation and Advanced Concepts (IMPACT) Team members, Ankur Shah and Lilly Thomas, developed deep learning-based marine debris detection using commercial satellite imagery with a 3-meter resolution.  Marine debris poses threats to the marine ecosystem and navigation.  Detection of such …

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Journal Article “Science Storms the Cloud” Published in American Geophysical Union (AGU) Advances

May 20, 2021

Inter-Agency Implementation and Advanced Concepts (IMPACT) Team member, Chelle Gentemann, co-authored a journal article entitled “Science Storms the Cloud”, which was published in AGU Advances on 5/5/21. The article describes the transition of data storage from traditional archive centers to …

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Organized NASA Science Mission Directorate Artificial Intelligence Workshop

May 20, 2021

Manil Maskey (ST11) organized the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Artificial Intelligence (AI) workshop as part of the SMD Strategic Data Management Working Group’s (SDMWG) AI initiatives.  The three-day workshop brought together a group of experts from both NASA and …

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SERVIR Applied Sciences Team (AST) Members Contribute to Crop Yield Forecasting for Kenya Famine Preparedness Exercise

May 20, 2021

In April, SERVIR’s crop yield forecasting system supported a famine preparedness exercise in Western Kenya, as part of a pilot program in collaboration with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET).  …

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Government of Nepal Uses SERVIR-Hindu Kush Himalaya/Applied Sciences Team (AST) Air Quality Analysis

May 20, 2021

SERVIR AST members Emily Berndt (ST11) and Aaron Naeger (UAH), alongside scientists from the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)/SERVIR-Hindu Kush Himalaya, used air quality data from the Tropospheric Monitoring Instrument (TROPOMI) and the Advanced Meteorological Imager (AMI) for …

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