National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) regional coordinator Molly Woloszyn has taken on the role of lead science advisor for NASA DEVELOP’s NCEI location, building on NIDIS’s role with the program. As the lead science advisor, Molly will help guide the overall direction of the NASA DEVELOP program at NCEI by playing an essential role in both the development and execution of the NCEI projects, helping gather project ideas, connecting to partners, and advising the NCEI fellow and participants.
NASA DEVELOP, part of NASA’s Applied Sciences’ Capacity Building Program, addresses environmental and public policy issues through interdisciplinary research projects that apply the lens of NASA Earth observations to community concerns. These projects provide students and recent graduates the opportunity to both engage in research and improve the communication of their research. Bridging the gap between NASA Earth Science and society, DEVELOP builds capacity in both participants and partner organizations to better prepare them to address the challenges that face our society and future generations.
NIDIS has been involved with the NASA DEVELOP program hosted at NCEI in Asheville, North Carolina since 2018. NIDIS helps support three drought-focused projects each year at the NCEI location. In addition, NIDIS coordinators have been involved as partners in past projects such as developing a composite moisture index for the Missouri River Basin, monitoring flash drought potential in the Ohio River Basin, and modeling soil drydown parameters in Kansas.