June 16, 2015—Clark Labs of Clark University and the NASA DEVELOP National Program have recently signed an agreement for the provision of the TerrSet software for nine of their research and application nodes. The NASA DEVELOP program fosters an interdisciplinary environment where applied science research projects integrating NASA Earth observations are conducted with the guidance of NASA and partner science advisors. Such research projects span the globe with their focus on local scale environmental issues and include such applications as agricultural monitoring, ecological forecasting, and water resource management.
Clark Labs maintains a variety of agreements with non-profit organizations to assist in the cultivation of Earth Science research. As James Toledano, Executive Director of Clark Labs, states, “Environmentally, we are at a pivotal point in our Earth’s history. The TerrSet software gives scientists the means to assess human impacts on the environment and plan for future interventions. Clark Labs is proud to provide these tools for the research projects in the NASA DEVELOP program.” The newly released TerrSet software provides vertical application modelers for research in climate change, land use change and earth trends analysis, to name a few.
Such capacity in the software therefore will prove very useful for the research in the NASA DEVELOP program. “DEVELOP projects often focus their analysis on monitoring change,” Lauren Childs-Gleason, DEVELOP Operations Lead at NASA indicated. “TerrSet’s capabilities to simulate future land change are extremely useful for the research teams and to their partners as it provides another data point for decision makers to enhance their decisions. We’re excited to have this resource available to our participants as they build their capacity to use Earth observations and create decision support tools.”