Summer Interns Present Research Findings
Summer participants in the DEVELOP internship program presented their
research progress reports to NASA and SERVIR officials recently, outlining
the work they had accomplished, their plans for future work and their
proposals for applying data from NASA satellites to solve problems in public
health, resource management and conservation.
right - (DEVELOPpresenter): Brad Barrick, a UAHuntsville Earth system science
student, explains how the team he was on used satellite data to study forest
fires in western Colombia, and the challenges they faced. Those challenges
included cloud cover that made it difficult to get timely and reliable
satellite data, and trying to decide from the available data which of the
fires are wild fires and which are set either to clear land for farming or
to burn sugar cane fields in preparation for harvesting.
left - (KevinCowart): Kevin Cowart, a UAHuntsville student who transferred from
Thomas University in Georgia because of the DEVELOP program, is a U.S. Army
veteran who was an air defense radar operator in Iraq. He was part of a
DEVELOP team studying dust storms that cause health problems for U.S.
soldiers stationed in the region (including Cowart) and for people living
there. This group is working with scientists at the U.S. Naval War College.