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Kumar Named a 2022 Arthur S. Fleming Award Recipient

Photo of Dr. Sujay KumarCongratulations to Dr. Sujay Kumar for his 2022 Arthur S. Fleming Award. Named in honor of Arthur S. Flemming, awardees are recognized for excellence in federal service. Dr. Kumar was recognized in the category of Applied Science and Engineering. Dr. Kumar researches Earth remote sensing measurement and modeling within NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Hydrological Sciences Lab. For the past 20 years, he has led the development of the Land Information System (LIS) modeling system, which is used worldwide in applications of water resources management, food security assessments, and flood and drought monitoring and prediction.

Ott Presents Air Quality Visualizations to Visiting Leaders

Dr. Lesley Ott briefing VP Harris and President Yoon Suk Yeol of the Republic of Korea Dr. Lesley Ott, research meteorologist and climate scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, left, briefs Vice President Kamala Harris, President Yoon Suk Yeol of the Republic of Korea, and NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy, on U.S. and Korean partnerships to improve the way scientists observe air quality and the use of space in addressing the climate crisis, Tuesday, April 25, 2023, during a tour of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. (Photo Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky)

Division Members Support Bilingual NASA ARSET Training

NASA ARSET just completed an advanced, bilingual, online training titled "Crop Mapping using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Optical Remote Sensing." This three-part training built on previous ARSET agricultural trainings. Here we presented more advanced radar remote sensing techniques using polarimetry and a canopy structure dynamic model to monitor crop growth. The training also covered how to apply machine learning methods to classify crop type using a time series of Sentinel-1 & Sentinel-2 imagery. ARSET trainers Sean McCartney (610/SSAI) and Erika Podest (JPL/Caltech) delivered the training along with guest speakers Armando Marino (University of Stirling), Krištof Oštir (University of Ljubljana), Matej Račič (University of Ljubljana), Heather McNairn (AAFC/AAC), Emily Lindsay (AAFC/AAC), and Xianfeng Jiao (AAFC/AAC). Brock Blevins (612/SSAI), Selwyn Hudson-Odoi (612/UMBC), David Barbato (612/UMBC), Sarah Cutshall (612/SSAI), Natasha Johnson-Griffin (612/GST), and Jonathan O’Brien (612/SSAI) supported the training. In attendance were 1,977 participants from 127 countries and 37 US states. Approximately 900 unique organizations were represented. You can access the materials en español here.
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The Earth Sciences Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center plans, organizes, evaluates, and implements a broad program of research on our planet's natural systems and processes. Major focus areas include climate change, severe weather, the atmosphere, the oceans, sea ice and glaciers, and the land surface.

To study the planet from the unique perspective of space, the Earth Sciences Division develops and operates remote-sensing satellites and instruments. We analyze observational data from these spacecraft and make it available to the world's scientists. Our Education and Public Outreach efforts raise public awareness of the Division's research and its benefits to society.

For further information, data, research, and other resources, see Earth Sciences Division Projects.

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