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2 NASA Internships

https://intern.nasa.gov/ossi/web/public/guest

Opportunity Title: GIS developer/analysts
Opportunity Type: Internship
Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC) hosts and serves multidisciplinary, multi-dimensional, multi-scale spatiotemporal Earth science data products derived from Earth Observation System (EOS) satellites and from science models. These data are useful for a wide range of GIS research and applications in areas as climate, atmosphere, hydrology, weather, and agriculture. As we have seen an increasing number of GIS users accessing and using our data in various GIS platforms and software packages, we would like to provide this opportunity for this internship to further our efforts in making NASA earth data better used in the GIS communities, through either enhancing our GIS service capability or developing real world applications. The GIS service enhancement mainly involves enabling GES DISC data in ArcGIS services (image and feature servers) and presentation/visualization in ArcGIS portals (portal for ArcGIS and ArcGIS Online). This internship will involve mini GIS projects or use case scenarios by utilizing GES DISC data. The following are some of the applications as an example, but the intern is highly encouraged to propose his/her own project after browsing through the science data parameters from GES DISC: 1) downscaling regional scale precipitation and soil moisture (or other parameters such as temperature) for local applications, 2) crop growth suitability analysis through using such data as solar radiation, temperature, precipitation, soil moisture, 3) natural disaster susceptibility analysis, such as landslide, hurricane, flood, and drought, 4) spatial and temporal analyses of extreme ecoclimatological events or phenomena, such as soil moisture deficiency, dust, air pollution.
The results of the internship should provide enough material for a poster presentation at an AGU conference or similar professional meetings and also for an entry in the GES DISC cookbook/recipe to help other GIS users.
The student should have taken introductory GIS courses and familiar with the ArcGIS software.  Knowledge/proficiency in ArcPy is a plus.
Session and Student Info
Summer 2017
2

(Note: Freshman-Senior refer to college students, not high school)
College – Sophomore
College – Junior
College – Senior
Academic discipline(s) that interested students should be studying.
Science – Earth Sciences
Science – Environ Sciences
Science – Life Sciences
Science – Physical Science
Science – Physics
Technology – Comp Science
Science – General
Work Site Location
Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)

8800 Greenbelt Rd
/ : Greenbelt Maryland
20771 2400

& : Bld 32 / S130E
Office Setting
Work Environment:
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Open Source Tool Will Help Drive Emission Reduction

From Informed Infrastructure:

Parul Dubey on January 11, 2017 – in News, Projects

A new research project seeks to develop a tool to identify and reduce carbon in the construction supply chain. The project is a collaboration between the University of Edinburgh Business School and Costain Group and is funded by the Construction Climate Challenge (CCC) initiative hosted by Volvo Construction Equipment.

The Carbon Infrastructure Transformation Tool project (CITT) started from the need to solve two key problems facing the construction industry – the pressing need to reduce GHG emissions, and the highly fragmented nature of supply chains.

“In large infrastructure projects there are large amounts of emissions at stake. The supply chain is also very fragmented, with many different stakeholders. It’s important to ensure we have a consensus across the whole chain to reduce emissions,” says Dr Matthew Brander, Lecturer at University of Edinburgh Business School and Project Manager for CITT.

The research project seeks to develop and implement a tool that will help construction companies identify and reduce carbon. It will pinpoint opportunities to reduce carbon through innovation and supply chain engagement. It will also enhance the amount of communication and dialogue across the supply chain.

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Top Links of the Week from Geospatial eNews

1. The Russia – NATO A2AD Environment

Published: January 3, 2017 | By

3.  Child Vaccination Across America  American Academy of Pediatrics

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Map of Live Streaming Radio: A Must See (Hear)!

From Top 5 Links GeoSpatial for eNews

http://radio.garden/live/ankara/radyomuzik/

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Swarm Satellites Discover ‘Jet Stream’ in Earth’s Core

Earth Imaging Journal

DECEMBER 20, 2016
Swarm Satellites Discover ‘Jet Stream’ in Earth’s Core

Using data from the European Space Agency’s three Swarm satellites—which measure the different magnetic fields that stem from Earth’s core, mantle, crust, oceans, ionosphere and magnetosphere—scientists discovered a jet stream deep below Earth’s surface that’s increasing in speed.

“It’s the first time this jet stream has been seen, and not only that—we also understand why it’s there,” said Phil Livermore from the University of Leeds and lead author of the paper published in Nature Geoscience.

One of the discoveries is a pattern of “flux patches” in the northern hemisphere, mostly under Alaska and Siberia, which make it easy to see changes in Earth’s magnetic field.

Swarm reveals that these changes are actually a jet stream moving at more than 40 kilometers a year—three times faster than typical outer-core speeds and hundreds of thousands of times faster than Earth’s tectonic plates.

This jet stream flows along a boundary between two different regions in the core. When material in the liquid core moves towards this boundary from both sides, the converging liquid is squeezed out sideways, forming the jet.

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Map In Seconds

If you’ve tried to visualize your data with a map, you know how time-consuming it can be.  With choropleth maps you often need specialized and complex tools just to get started.

It shouldn’t take so long or be so difficult, so we built MapInSeconds.com, which takes your data and generates a map – in seconds. The tool is free, there’s no sign-up required, and you can save the map as an image or a PowerPoint slide with the click of a button.  Click below for more!

http://www.darkhorseanalytics.com/blog/mapping-data-should-take-seconds-mapinseconds-com

 

 

 

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Interactive Map: Drug Overdose in US

VIEW ORIGINAL RESEARCH:  http://drugabuse.com/featured/cause-of-death-interactive/

From Daily Mail:

Interactive map lays bare America’s devastating overdose epidemic: Analysis of 15 years of data reveals key ages, genders, regions, and drugs behind the crisis

  • Overdose deaths have increased 137% since 2000; more than 50,000 Americans fatally overdosed in 2015
  • This interactive map, using CDC statistics, puts the staggering epidemic into context
  •  It breaks down the statistics into gender, age group, drug preference, and region
  • The steepest increase in overdose deaths has been among those aged between 65 and 74 years old 

Prescription opioids and illicit drugs have become incredibly pervasive throughout the U.S., and things are only getting worse.

Overdose deaths have increased 137 percent since 2000.

In fact, new figures released today revealed more than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year – the highest figure ever.

Fentanyl, a painkiller, causes 44 deaths every day, making it the most dangerous drug in America.

An analysis of 15 years of data shows the steepest increase in overdose deaths has been among those aged between 65 and 74 years old – going from 16 deaths in 1999, to 680 deaths in 2014, a 4,150 percent increase.

This is likely to do with chronic pain and un-monitored prescription opioid refills, as well as those turning to cheaper on-the-street alternatives – like heroin – when they cannot afford pharmaceutical drugs.

Opioids – which are legal, controlled substances often prescribed by doctors – have caused a 200 percent increase in overdose deaths.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4018086/Interactive-map-lays-bare-America-s-devastating-overdose-epidemic-figures-drugs-kill-people-guns.html#ixzz4U2seOCFf
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The Ultimate Mars Evolution Map

Top 5 Links of the Week from Geospatial eNews:

National Geographic Rewind the Red Planet

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2016/11/exploring-mars-map-panorama-pictures/

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Historic Buildings of Washington DC

From Top 5 links of the Week Geospatial for eNews:

https://dcgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=4892107c0c5d44789e6fb96908f88f60

 

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The Next Generation: GIS as a Career Choice

From Library of Congress http://blogs.loc.gov/maps/2016/12/gis-day/?loclr=eamap

The Next Generation: GIS as a Career Choice

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The following is a guest post by Nina Feldman, a former intern with the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress and the American Association of Geographers. Nina is currently a senior at George Washington University, majoring in Environmental Science and GIS (Geographic Information Systems). She spoke of her inspirations and why she became a geographer at the recent Library of Congress’ GIS Day celebration. While interning, Nina worked with the research papers and personal archive of Roger Tomlinson.

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For me, GIS was not a clear-cut choice, but more of a discovery process. As many of you know, GIS in its basic definition is a computer-based system that collects, analyzes, and distributes spatial data and information. However, to me it’s much more than that, it’s a collection of data that represents people’s lives, experiences and significance. Personally, I have always been a collector. Throughout my life, which isn’t really that long, I’m sure I had around 15 different collections. At age four, I started simple, with rocks that I found cool. At age nine, I moved to the more advanced Pokémon cards. At age 14, it was Russian nesting dolls with their exquisite patterns and colors. And finally, today, at age 20, it’s maps. Maps of places I’ve been, maps of places I want to go, maps that friends have given me from their own adventures and maps that I drew myself. At first, I just thought it was another phase of mine, I am a map collector now, soon I’ll move on to something else, or maybe even go back to rocks. But as I watched my wall of maps grow along with my desire to learn, I had a feeling that this wasn’t just a phase.

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