Call for Ideas: 2020 USFS–NASA Virtual Pitch Fest

April 22, 2020

*Cross-posted from ICE-SAT distribution list*

Do you have an idea for how to advance the use of satellite remote sensing data to support USFS management decision support needs? The USFS and NASA are looking for ways to close the gaps in the integration of NASA products and tools to support priority land management action areas, such as forest soil moisture monitoring; forest type/species-level & mortality information; and fire & fuels. Ideas can range from research studies to demonstration and validation of technology and tools in the field.

The objective of this Call for Ideas is to identify opportunities for NASA to provide support in the form of expertise, tools, and knowledge to USFS programs. 

We invite you to participate in this Call for Ideas by pitching your idea using the >> online submission form << by COB May 8th

Respondents will be invited to present their ideas at a virtual Pitch Fest to be held on June 2, 2020. At the Pitch Fest, attendees will help prioritize pitches leading to the selection of up to 5 projects/finalists to further their ideas at the 2020 USFS-NASA Joint Applications Workshop (1-3 September 2020 / location: Salt Lake City, Utah).

Please note: None of the agencies participating in the Virtual Pitch Fest have funding set aside for selected projects.

Background: Now in its second year, the 2020 USFS-NASA Joint Applications Workshop builds on the achievements of the first collaborative workshop [link to EO article / page 33] held in 2019, and aims to capitalize on the opportunities identified in 2019 [please see document attached] for increasing use of NASA earth observation (EO) systems in the USFS.

By leveraging the resources of the NASA Distributed Active Archive Centers and the NASA Applied Sciences program, Pitch Fest attendees have the chance to work with mission scientists during the fall workshop to move their ideas from concept to operation.

We welcome your participation and ask that you please share this announcement with others that may be interested.

Best Regards,

Everett Hinkley (USFS) & Sabrina Delgado-Arias (NASA Goddard)

Co-chairs of the USFS – NASA Workshop Planning Team

Also see: Additional documents here (Call for Ideas, PDF) and here (USFS-NASA Key Opportunity Areas, PDF).