Funding Awards

USAID Grant to Study climate change and land use impacts on livestock production systems in the African Sahel

Dr. Niall Hanan, Dr. Lara Prihodko and Gray Tappan (USGS EROS) and a number of Malian academic and NGO partners were awarded a grant from the USAID Livestock-Climate Change (LCC) Collaborative Research Support Program for their project “Climate change, pastoral resources and livestock in the Sahel: developing a community-relevant pastoral prediction system”. This project will work with pastoral communities in Mali, West Africa, to explore how land use change and climate change will impact livestock productivity and rural livelihoods in the coming decades.

NASA Grant to Distribute Global WELD products via the internet [2012-01-04]

David Roy and Indu Kommareddy have been awarded a NASA Advancing Collaborative Connections for Earth System Science grant starting in Spring 2012.  The existing NASA funded Web-enabled Landsat Data (WELD) project has demonstrated the potential of large volume Landsat data processing to provide continental scale 30m Landsat data products in support of the Landsat user community. Under NASA MEaSUREs funding an intuitive what you see is what you get (WYSIWYG) WELD product Internet distribution interface was developed using open source software and was ported to the USGS EROS with currently more than 400 registered users ( Their new grant will seek to support commonly articulated outstanding user requirements for (1) provision of the WELD products in different map projections, (2) expansion of the WELD product distribution to global scale, (3) support of Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) compliant WELD products.  

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Start: Spring 2012

Henebry leads interdisciplinary team to study the effects of urban areas in the Great Plains on severe storms

Geoff Henebry has been awarded a three-year $1.58M grant from the NASA Interdisciplinary Sciences program for a project entitled “Storms, Forms, and Complexity of the Urban Canopy: How Land Use, Settlement Patterns, and the Shapes of Cities Influence Severe Weather”.The project will use both observational and modeling approaches to study how city sizes and shapes in both the horizontal and vertical dimensions influence storm initiation, track, intensity, and storm demise. The project will also examine how the pollution state under the “urban dome” affects severe weather and how the results of this work can be translated into concepts and guidelines useful for urban and regional planners.  The project team involves researchers from South Dakota State University, Columbia University, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Oklahoma, and the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory.

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USGS Cooperative Agreement Supports Development of Integrated Land Cover Change Models

Mike Wimberly was awarded a grant from the United States Geological Survey to support the development of a land cover change model that integrates human-driven land use change with natural vegetation dynamics. The new model will combine elements of two models: the LADS model developed by Mike Wimberly, and the FORE-SCE model developed by Terry Sohl, a research scientist at USGS EROS who is a key partner in this project. The work will produce a novel landscape modeling tool that can be applied to address questions about how natural processes and human land use will interact under future scenarios of change.

Woubet Alemu and Chris Moran proposals selected for funding by NESSF

Woubet Alemu and Chris Moran each submitted NASA Earth and Space Sciences Fellowship (NESSF) proposals that were selected for funding!

 NASA received a total of 330 applications in Earth Science Research and selected just 56 for award, for a funding rate of 17%.

 Woubet Alemu (G. Henebry, advisor): Modeling Land Surface Phenologies and Seasonalities Using Earthlight: A Comparison between Tropical and Temperate Croplands, and Application to Assessment of Agricultural Productivity

 Chris Moran (M. Cochrane, advisor): Quantifying Fuel Treatment Effectiveness Over Time and in Extreme Weather Conditions

Find the full NESSF announcement here:

David Roy selected as member of the Landsat Science Team 2012-2017

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), announced the selection of the Landsat Science Team 10/10/2012.  These scientists and engineers will serve from 2012-2017 and will provide technical and scientific input to the USGS and NASA on issues critical to the success of the Landsat program.  Since 1972, through a series of six Landsat earth-observing satellite missions funded under NASA research programs, the United States has acquired and maintained a unique and continuous record of global land-surface features that has become indispensable for detecting and monitoring natural and human-induced changes to the Earth’s landscape.  The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), which will become Landsat 8 following launch in February 2013, will extend the global record further into the 21st century.  The Landsat Science Team will play a key role in ensuring that LDCM mission is successfully integrated with past, present, and future remotely sensed data for the purpose of observing and monitoring national and global environmental systems.  David, and his co-investigators Valeriy Kovalskyy and Indrani Kommareddy, submitted a successful proposal entitled “Continuity of the Web Enabled Landsat Data (WELD) Product Record in the LDCM Era: Product Data Processing, Evaluation and Distribution Strategies”.    


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Start: 2012 End: 2017