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“As a kid growing up in Central America, I was fascinated by science and I was a voracious reader of science textbooks, science fiction, and comic books. Not having many real-life scientific role models, the exploits of the fictional Mentats and of Peter Parker helped pique my interest, eventually leading to the pursuit of degrees in science in the U.S. and Europe – places far from the land of my birth. In graduate school, I got my first exposure to NASA Landsat data, whose pixels seemed like puzzles that needed to be unraveled. Something clicked.
“Now, I work for NASA’s Applied Sciences Capacity Building Program as the West African Regional Science Coordination Lead for the NASA/USAID SERVIR program. In addition to still being fascinated with and getting to work with Landsat data almost 20 years later, what gets me excited about coming into work each day is the science we do, and the connections we make through the program with users around the globe who are interested in using Earth observations to make better decisions about resource allocation. Having grown up in Belize – a country that benefited from the SERVIR program’s first hub – this work continues to resonate with me.
“It’s especially rewarding to hear from SERVIR’s users that the information that you have provided has made a difference to them, whether it has been through assistance with co-developing open science solutions or interpreting the outputs of climate models. It’s pretty inspiring to work for NASA.”
— Emil Cherrington, Scientist, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center
Safeguarding freshwater resources is crucial, and while scientists use a variety of ground-based techniques to gauge water quality, the Landsat program has provided water quality data from orbit for decades.