​Report from the EnviroSensing Student Fellow: A Year of X-DOMES!

This year I had the pleasure of serving as the Student Fellow in the EnviroSensing Collaboration Area. Although my Master’s thesis work was in remote sensing and applications of remotely-sensed products to landscape ecology, I was in well over my head when I joined the team. There are many kinds of “sensing” of the environment; this team’s focus is pretty different from the kinds I am familiar with.
The bulk of the EnviroSensing group’s work this year was on a project called X-DOMES. The acronym stands for Cross Domain Observational Metadata Environmental Sensing Network—...

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Humanitarian Mapping: Eradicating Malaria with Data Sharing

We are sitting in a brightly-lit computer lab with 19 other University of Vermont (UVM) students. Everyone is scrolling through satellite imagery of landscapes in Zambia, looking for small grey clusters of pixels with regular shadows that indicate buildings. When we find buildings, we draw outlines around them, creating a digital map that humanitarian aid workers can use to determine how many people live in an area; this allows them to direct funds efficiently and deploy targeted malaria relief equipment.

This project is part of a larger global effort called Humanitarian...

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​The UN Must Take Climate Change Education and Empowerment Seriously

I recently attended the UN climate change talks, COP 22, in Marrakech as a part of Climate Generation's delegation to work on the importance of education, training and capacity building. 
But why does it matter? In this highly technical negotiation space, why should Education be on the agenda of an international climate change conference?

Moving towards decarbonization presents a paradigmatic shift in our economy, society, and way of life. We need to ensure that we have the capacity for that change and that we do so in a just, equitable...

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Communicating Science to the Public: Introducing the NCAR Explorer Series from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

At the International Data Forum this year (held on September 14th, 2016, which was also part of the International Data Week), three different data stories were represented during the Data Stories Session, including one from ESIP’s Vice President, Christine White. From citizen science, science education, to humanitarianism, the speakers of these three different stories all showed that when presented in a way that is understandable and relatable to the general public’s day to day activities, people can establish more...

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