Earlier this week, ERT welcomed recent college graduates Alexa Kennedy and Meghan Russell. The company is funding their internships through the NASA DEVELOP program, part of NASA’s Applied Sciences Program which “addresses environmental and public policy issues through interdisciplinary research projects that apply the lens of NASA Earth observations to community concerns around the globe.”
Kennedy and Russell are working at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information in Asheville, North Carolina, where they’ll be focused on Central America Agriculture and Food Security; specifically dealing with coffee and climate change in Guatemala and Honduras. Their internship lasts through mid-August, during which time they’ll be required to write code, analyze data, use geospatial modeling, write a technical paper, and develop a poster and video highlighting this project. ERT’s Michael Kruk, a Research Scientist and regular Science Advisor for the DEVELOP Program, is mentoring the duo.
When asked why a NASA internship is being conducted at a NOAA facility, Kruk explained that while the point of the program is to demonstrate NASA Earth observations, the NOAA node helps to promote collaboration between NASA and NOAA products and observations. Other federal participants include the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Forest Service.
For more information about the NASA DEVELOP National Program, now in its 20th year of fostering tomorrow’s scientists and leaders, please visit https://develop.larc.nasa.gov/index.php.