There are two internships being offered for the NASA Climate Change Research Initiative
The Expanding Legacy of Landsat – Documenting Environmental Change Beyond Five Decades
The joint NASA USGS Landsat mission will turn 50 years old in July 2022. The imagery acquired by the satellite sensors from this long-term mission provide a wealth of data for understanding the Earth’s land surface and near-shore waters nearly from pole to pole. With the launch of the latest Landsat 9 scheduled for late September 2021 from near where the first satellite in the series was launched from in 1972, further insights on environmental change can be assessed across space and time. Searching for powerful stories of change is the overall goal of this project including how to visualize and document such changes to ensure that the visionary thinking of the original program can be celebrated in its 50th year.
Depending on the interests of the applicant, projects can be pursued over forests, fields, aquatic, urban, and cryospheric areas. The goal will be to create visual and quantitative change assessments that can be used in educational, research, and outreach settings. Enabling people from around the globe to ‘see and understand’ changes that are happening as our climate warms and ecosystems respond, will be an appropriate tribute to the continuing, long-term goals of the Landsat program
Connecting the Local Urban Fabric to Global Climate Change
Urban areas are principal agents of change across our home planet. In an increasingly urbanizing biosphere, scientific understanding, and societal adaptation each require tools to accurately measure and monitor the dynamics and environmental consequences of the urban ecosystem. With over half of the world’s population living in urban areas today—projected to grow to 68% by 2050—these tools, data, and scientific understanding will make significant contributions to national and international policies to ensure the sustainability of cities and settlements in the face of a changing climate. While urban areas still represent today a small proportion of Earth’s land surface, urbanization can have significant impacts on hydrological cycles and microclimates of local and surrounding areas up to regional and even continental scales.
New, more detailed, and more accurate remotely sensed data on urban areas and associated built-up surfaces can provide a foundation for a better understanding of the impacts of cities on their environment and potential improvements in the modeling of the impacts of urbanization on the energy/water/carbon cycles. The unprecedented level of spatial detail in these new data sets allows for a much improved and accurate characterization of the urban fabric (e.g., roads, buildings, open space), and their change, at a spatial scale that is directly relevant to cities and settlements and their inhabitants. This project will leverage existing and future NASA remote sensing assets to study in detail the direct connections between changes in the urban fabric and environmental changes in the Baltimore/Washington DC study area and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The aim is to develop, test and assess data and methodologies regionally but with potential applicability to other areas of the world.
To apply, please visit the following website: NASA Intern, click on Interns > Apply Now and create a student profile on NASA STEM Gateway.