Without having to explain the entirety of the project, I am working with about 20 young university students in southern Nigeria to launch low-cost weather balloons for under $100 each. It is an entrepreneurial project that is currently funded by various non-government grants. We are beginning the prototype for the project in Uyo on May 17 through May 28 and will be launching approximately 10 balloons, weather permitting. Given the interest of young people to run their own "climate labs" and the ease of communication of these students with their smartphones, I think there is some potential that the project spread to a significant portion of Western Africa, or at the very least quite a few universities in the region.
Of course as a young meteorologist, I understand how under sampled this region is and how important it is for hurricane formation, expansion of the Sahara, and climate change.
My questions are the following:
1) Given that we're using commercial sensors, what is the process by which NASA or NOAA can use this data to validate weather satellites or fulfill any other weather forecasting needs?
2) How can I connect with the NASA AIST grant office or find other researchers interested in the study, if I am no longer a Goddard employee
3) Are there any other grants that would be appropriate for the project?
Thank you very much for reading these questions.
- NASA has many innovation opportunities for the public. View some of them at https://www.nasa.gov/offices/oct/openinnovation/aboutus
- AIST Program Information is available at https://esto.nasa.gov/info_technologies_aist.html
You can contact the Program Manager listed in the announcement document attached
- NASA publicly announces solicitations for AIST, as well as InVEST, IIP, and ACT at the ESTO website, along with due dates and program FAQs. 2020 solicitations will be available in Q2.
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How can I find opportunities to propose to NASA?
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