Volcanoes, Icebergs, and Cats from Space

2015 Challenge

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  • Hashtags:

    #earth, #EarthView, #intermediate


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    Imagery, Platform, Data Visualization


    The world is a big place. And there’s a lot to see. Too much to see, in fact. NASA’s fleet of Earth-observing satellites looks at the entire planet every day, silently observing volcanoes erupt, icebergs calve, and cat-shaped clouds form. Some of these events are found by scientists looking for them, but many more go unnoticed due to the sheer volume of satellite imagery available. Everyone finds different aspects of our planet interesting; and this challenge encourages you to find and share from your own perspectives.


    We need you to develop an app to crowdsource the discovery of “interesting” natural events as observed from space using data from NASA’s Earth observation satellites -- such as wildfires burning, volcanoes erupting, or icebergs cracking. If all of you are helping us look for Earth events, by using a common interface you create with this challenge, we can discover more together than a few scientists can discover alone. And, we can share your discoveries with the world.


    • The solution can be a prototype app that encourages users to interactively browse any set of NASA’s satellite imagery to find and tag “interesting” events.
    • “Interesting” is in the eye of the app designer such as a “Hot or Not” app for volcanoes or an interface to find the most cat-shaped clouds being formed.
    • The solution can also use a scoring system to encourage competition amongst users.
    • Examples include an interface to “vote up” or “vote down” user-submitted events or providing bonus points to users who are the first to find a new event.

    Sample Resources(Participants do not have to use these resources, and NASA in no way endorses any particular entity listed).

  • The following projects are solving this challenge:

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    • NaturEvent

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    • Discover Earth

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    • F.A.Th.E.R

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    • T-Drone

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