Strengthening Global Climate Change Education through Remote Sensing Application in Coastal Environment using NASA Satellite Data and ModelsPrincipal Investigators: Hyun Jung Cho (PI) and Deepak Mishra (Co-I) location/project
National Science Foundation Grant # NNX10AAB49A
Rationale: A new, well-designed course curriculum is needed to increase the number of undergraduate students at Jackson State University (JSU), Mississippi, who are prepared to pursue higher academic degrees and careers in the fields relevant to earth system science and global climate change. The future workforce will contribute to the advance earth observation from space, improve scientific understanding, and demonstrate a new approach with potential for improving future operational systems.
Innovations: Development of efficient and intensive in-class/on-line "remote sensing for earth science studies" certificate curriculum that complements the existing the environmental/marine science curricula and providing the courses to the JSU undergraduate students as well as a broader group of interested community.
Distinguishing features: (1) Collaborated course teaching at JSU and Mississippi State University (MSU); (2) The focus will be on increasing human resources specialized in application of remote sensing for global climate impact assessments using NASA's satellite data and models; (3) The RS curriculum is designed to include underwater mapping and impacts of global climate change on coastal/aquatic resources; and (4) The certificate curriculum complements the existing JSU's Environmental Science/Marine Science Curricula.
Anticipated outcomes include increased number of the U.S. based undergraduate students & African–American college graduates/graduate students who pursue careers and higher academic degrees in the fields of global climate change and NASA-related earth system sciences, particularly in the technical areas of interactive mapping and analysis of coastal/aquatic resources using tools such as remote sensing data and models.
Approach to management of its participating personnel and institutions: The lead institution of this project is JSU. A sub-award amount of $25,000 will be paid to Mississippi State University (MSU) each year during the three-year project duration. The project team consists of one JSU faculty (PI), one MSU faculty (Co-I), a JSU laboratory coordinator, and one graduate assistant of MSU. The Co-I will teach the third course, the intensive three-week "Application of remote sensing technologies in monitoring global climate change" at Geosystems Research Institute (GRI) at MSU during summer semesters. This course is designed specifically to introduce the use of remote sensing technologies in monitoring global climate change research to JSU students. MSU's Geosystems Research Institute will provide teaching facilities for the summer course (see Letter of Support). Strengthening Global Climate Change Education through Remote Sensing Application in Coastal Environment using NASA satellite Data and Models.
Hyun Jung Cho