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NASA Earth Science Application Week

Posted on 2021-08-18 05:30:34 by administrator

Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo Yeshi Penjor addressed the virtual Earth Science Application Week organized on 13th August, 2021, to celebrate the work of Bhutanese scholars participating in the NASA DEVELOP internship program. The project was implemented by NASA in partnership with UWICER, Karuna Foundation and Bhutan Foundation.

As part of activities to support HEROES, eight US based Bhutanese students carried out three terms project (July, 2020 to August, 2021) to assess climate change and its impact on biodiversity in Bhutan using satellite data and ground observation data.

The team analyzed the precipitation and temperature data from 1981-2020 for the whole country and also assessed trends in vegetation phenology for start and end of season for the same time period. This work was performed to assist the HEROES project in recognizing changes in the past 40 years regarding vegetation phenology and climatology. This project was conducted to explore and demonstrate how Earth observations provide objective, timely, explicit spatial information and can serve as another monitoring tool to promote a better understanding and appreciation of climate change and its impacts on the biodiversity in Bhutan.

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