NASA Capacity Building Activities: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Policy

- Session Description (click to collapse)

The NASA Applied Sciences Program conducts professional training activities in satellite remote sensing. The goal is to connect NASA science to policy-making activities by training end users on how to access, interpret, and apply NASA Earth Science data products and decision-support tools in their professional area. Since January 2009, the Applied Remote Sensing Education and Training (ARSET) project has conducted 17 national and international capacity-building workshops in the United States, Central America, Europe, and Asia reaching more than 400 current and potential end users. The program has trained primarily air quality managers and planners, federal and state regulators, forecasters, modelers, health scientists, and technical professionals with a wide range of expertise in satellite remote sensing applications. The training workshops include guided hands-on activities and case studies with step-by-step instructions for using NASA satellite data products to analyze air pollution events that a decision-maker may encounter, such as biomass burning or dust storms. In 2011, the project added capacity-building activities for water resources managers to include topics pertaining to drought, flooding, and snow melt applications in the context of climate change. The project websites are http://arset.gsfc.nasa.govand http://water.gsfc.nasa.gov.

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Ana Prados

Ana Prados is a Research Assistant Professor at the Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, located at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Her main area of expertise is the utilization of remote sensing data for air quality and climate applications and the development of decision-support tools for access to Earth Science data. Dr. Prados currently coordinates and conducts capacity building activities for the NASA Applied Sciences Program and also performs research on remote sensing of air-quality trends in the eastern United States.

Education:

Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Maryland, College Park, 2000
M.S., Public Policy Candidate, University of Maryland, College Park, 2011
B.A., Physics and Chemistry, New College of Florida, 1992

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