NASA DEVELOP National Program

Sponsored by NASA ‘s Earth Science Applied Sciences Program. Headquartered at Langley Research Center , DEVELOP has teams at twelve locations around the country, one in Nepal and one in Mexico . Participants work with advisers and mentors to learn about the application of NASA Earth Science and remote sensing during three 10-week terms each year.

DEVELOP is based in the Earth Science Mission, which has the goal to “Develop a scientific understanding of Earth’s system and its response to natural or human-induced changes, and to improve prediction of climate, weather, and natural hazards.” With a unique focus on community concerns, DEVELOP offers participants the chance to work with remote sensing to research real-world problems.

History of DEVELOP

In 1998, two students participating in the Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars (LARSS) program and one student participating in the Summer High School Apprenticeship Research Program (SHARP) at NASA Langley Research Center co-authored the White Paper Practical Applications of Remote Sensing Et al., 1998). [1] At the time, the Digital Earth Initiative, a federal inter-agency project dedicated to creating a virtual representation of the Earth to further understanding of the world. The environment. A proposal combining NASA’s Digital Earth Initiative and the students’ paper advocated the training of a student program, and in 1999 DEVELOP was formed.

Team Locations

Locations based at NASA Centers:

  • Langley Research Center in Hampton , VA
  • Ames Research Center in Mountain View , CA
  • Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt , MD
  • Stennis Space Center in Hancock County , MS
  • Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville , AL
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena , CA

Regional US locations:

  • Mobile County Health Department , Mobile, AL
  • Wise County Clerk of Court Office, Wise, VA
  • North Central Climate Science Center, Fort Collins, CO
  • Center for Geospatial Research, UGA , Athens, GA

International Locations:

  • Tecnologico de Monterry (Monterrey Tech) , Campus Saltillo, Saltillo , Coahuila , Mexico City
  • International Center for Integrated Mountain Development , Kathmandu, Nepal

Each team location varies in size and participant educational background.

Dual Capacity

The Applied Sciences ‘ DEVELOP National Program on Environmental and Social Impact Assessment. DEVELOP bridges the gap between NASA Earth Science and society, building capacity in both its participants and partner organizations to better prepare them to handle the challenges that face our society and future generations.

Science Projects

Participants work during a ten-week term on an Earth observation application project. Past DEVELOP projects are available for viewing on the DEVELOP website .

Project characteristics and creation vary based on location and partner needs. But all projects have the following characteristics:

  • Utilize NASA Earth Observations
  • Highlight the capabilities of NASA satellite and airborne Earth remote sensing science and technology
  • Address community concerns relating to environmental issues
  • NASA Applied Sciences Program’s Application Areas
  • Partner with a decision-making organization (local, state, regional, federal, international, academic, and / or Non-Governmental) Who can benefit from using NASA EOS to Enhance Their decision making process
  • Meet partner needs by providing decision support tools

More information on the DEVELOP project cycle can be found on their website .

DEVELOP Admissions

Admission to the program is based on a competitive application process. Applications are available through the DEVELOP website ( ). Eligible applicants must be 18 years of age with a minimum 3.0 grade at the most recent educational institute. DEVELOP accepts applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds including current enrolled students, recent graduates, early and transitioning career professionals, and transitioning veterans. Anyone with a strong interest in NASA’s Earth observation resources, remote sensing, GIS, and Earth science is encouraged to apply.


  1. Jump up^ Practical Applications of Remote Sensing (Bauer et al., 1998), Space & Atmospheric Sciences Program Group, Space Projects Office, August 5, 1998.

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