From Orbit to Core: Scientific Synergy between NASA and a U.S. Geological Survey

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Building on a 50-year-old partnership, NASA and a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are expanding their team-work with a relocation of one of a largest USGS scholarship groups in a western United States to a NASA Ames Research Center campus in Silicon Valley.

Both agencies are looking brazen to reinforcing their tighten partnerships to investigate a universe from circuit to core. The possibilities enabled by bringing together scientists and engineers from a nation’s tip agencies for earth, space and aeronautic sciences are enormous.

Over a subsequent 5 years, some-more than 300 USGS employees will make a pierce several miles south in Silicon Valley from their stream Menlo Park campus to a circuitously NASA Research Park.

The thought for NASA and a USGS to co-locate has been in a works for several years. On Nov 1, 2016, Ames Research Center Director Eugene Tu and USGS Pacific Regional Director Mark Sogge sealed an agreement to pursue a pierce officially.

The vicinity of a dual investigate communities will raise their collaboration, fueling investigate on healthy hazards, H2O resources, windy science, meridian change, and more. The pierce also will concede a USGS to deposit some-more appropriation in scholarship that differently would have been spent on San Francisco Bay Area rent.

“The U.S. Geological Survey is gratified to be relocating towards closer partnerships with NASA,” pronounced Sogge. “The USGS leads a nation’s Earth scholarship and NASA leads investigate outward of a home planet. We will work together to urge a systematic bargain of a universe around us to a advantage of people currently and into a future.”

Researchers from NASA Ames and a USGS combined this inundate map: a cognisance display a plcae of floodwaters in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, generated from a satellite picture prisoner on Sep 7, 2005. A partnership between NASA and a USGS Innovation Center grown methods for automatically mapping floods from mixed sources of satellite data, and edition a generated maps by a USGS Hazards Data Distribution System. This work will assist in destiny disaster response.
Credits: NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group/USGS Innovation Center

“The Ames co-location of dual sovereign agencies with a common charge to observe and know universe Earth offers a singular event to catalyze new and impactful investigate that competence differently not be pursued,” pronounced Michael Bicay, Ames’ Director of Science.

The dual agencies operative together is zero new. The USGS helped NASA ready astronauts for their geological scrutiny of a moon, and a span continue to combine on USGS’s Landsat 8 and preparations for a launch of Landsat 9, cornerstones of a nation’s multi-satellite, multi-decadal, Sustainable Land Imaging (SLI) program. SLI is a NASA-USGS partnership to develop, launch, and work a spaceborne complement that will yield researchers and other users with high-quality, global, continual land-imaging measurements.

Joint projects of NASA Ames and a USGS already underneath approach embody repurposing a space convey tile-inspection device for a investigate of dirt firmness and landslide risk, and improving satellite tracking of wildlife. Observing a movements of animal populations can yield critical information on a state of ecosystems and on open health threats, such as a avian flu. NASA designed a strange USGS satellite-monitored wildlife tags in a 1950s. Currently, a group during NASA Ames has done them reduction unwieldy for a animals by building a lighter battery—technology that also will minister to NASA’s growth of tiny satellites.

Ian Brosnan, a sea scientist and special partner to a Director of Science during Ames, pronounced he also looks brazen to a dual groups fasten army on some-more desirous projects, such as exploring ways to use tiny satellites and aircraft to investigate formidable coastal areas with high fortitude in space and time.

“If we can’t persevere a large satellites to this, maybe we could do it with many tiny ones, and for reduction cost,” Brosnan said.

Much like a intensity of those mixed tiny devices—much larger than a sum of a parts—NASA and USGS researchers will group adult to tackle some of a large hurdles ahead.

Source: NASA


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