[ESIP-all] FYI: NASA-USGS Climate Data App Challenge: An Invitation for Innovation
Mattmann, Chris A (3980) via ESIP-all
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Thu Dec 11 13:09:45 EST 2014
What an awesome project! Great work guys
Chris Mattmann, Ph.D.
Instrument Software and Science Data Systems Section (398)
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Pasadena, CA 91109 USA
Office: 168-519, Mailstop: 168-527
Email: chris.a.mattmann at nasa.gov
Adjunct Associate Professor, Computer Science Department
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089 USA
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Subject: [ESIP-all] FYI: NASA-USGS Climate Data App Challenge: An
Invitation for Innovation
> 11, 2014
>Help U.S. Cope with Climate Change: Enter NASA-USGS Data App Challenge
>More than $35,000 in prizes are available to the innovation community to
>create apps that use federal climate data to help local communities
>prepare for the effects of climate change and protect our ecosystems.
>NASA in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is offering
>more than $35,000 in prizes to citizen scientists for ideas that make use
>of climate data to address vulnerabilities faced by the United States in
>coping with climate change.
>The Climate Resilience Data Challenge, conducted through the NASA
>Tournament Lab, a partnership with Harvard University hosted on
>Appirio/Topcoder, kicks off Monday, Dec 15 and runs through March 2015.
>The challenge supports the efforts of the White House Climate Data
>Initiative, a broad effort to leverage the federal government’s
>extensive, freely available climate-relevant data resources to spur
>innovation and private-sector entrepreneurship in order to
> advance awareness of and preparedness for the impacts of climate change.
>The challenge was announced by the White House Office of Science and
>Technology Policy Dec. 9.
>According to the recent National Climate Assessment produced by more than
>300 experts across government and academia, the United States faces a
>number of current and future challenges as the result of climate change.
>Vulnerabilities include coastal flooding
> and weather-related hazards that threaten lives and property, increased
>disruptions to agriculture, prolonged drought that adversely affects food
>security and water availability, and ocean acidification capable of
>damaging ecosystems and biodiversity. The
> challenge seeks to unlock the potential of climate data to address these
>and other climate risks.
>“Federal agencies, such as NASA and the USGS, traditionally focus on
>developing world-class science data to support scientific research, but
>the rapid growth in the innovation community presents new opportunities
>to encourage wider usage and application of
> science data to benefit society,” said Kevin Murphy, NASA program
>executive for Earth Science Data Systems in Washington. “We need tools
>that utilize federal data to help our local communities improve climate
>resilience, protect our ecosystems, and prepare
> for the effects of climate change.”
>“Government science follows the strictest professional protocols because
>scientific objectivity is what the American people expect from us,” said
>Virginia Burkett, acting USGS associate director for Climate Change and
>Land Use. “That systematic approach is
> fundamental to our mission. With this challenge, however, we are
>intentionally looking outside the box for transformational ways to apply
>the data that we have already carefully assembled for the benefit of
>communities across the nation.”
>The challenge begins with an ideation stage for data-driven application
>pitches, followed by storyboarding and, finally, prototyping of concepts
>with the greatest potential.
>The ideation stage challenges competitors to imagine new applications of
>climate data to address climate vulnerabilities. This stage is divided
>into three competitive classes based on data sources: NASA data, federal
>data from agencies such as the USGS, and
> any open data. The storyboarding stage allows competitors to
>conceptualize and design the best ideas, followed by the prototyping
>stage, which carry the best ideas into implementation.
>The Climate Resilience Data Challenge is managed by NASA's Center of
>Excellence for Collaborative Innovation at NASA Headquarters, Washington.
>The center was established in coordination with the Office of Science and
>Technology Policy to advance open innovation
> efforts for climate-related science and extend that expertise to other
>For additional information on the Climate Resilience Data Challenge and
>to register beginning Dec. 15, visit:
>To learn more about other NASA challenges and citizen science efforts,
>To find out more about U.S. climate change vulnerabilities, visit the
>National Climate Assessment website:
>NASA monitors Earth's vital signs from land, air, and space with a fleet
>of satellites and ambitious airborne and ground-based observation
>campaigns. NASA develops new ways to observe and study Earth's
>interconnected natural systems with long-term data records
> and computer analysis tools to better see how our planet is changing.
>The agency shares this unique knowledge with the global community and
>works with institutions in the United States and around the world that
>contribute to understanding and protecting our
> home planet.
>For more information about NASA's Earth science activities, visit:
>stephen.e.cole at nasa.gov
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