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For those who have enough spare time for playing around with earth science data there is now the
NASA recently made available to the public a large collection of Climate and Earth Sciences satellite data and is seeking new and creative ways to utilize this data to address initiatives in the President’s Climate Action Plan. The data, available through the Open NASA Earth Exchange (OpenNEX) platform hosted by Amazon Web Services (AWS), consists of large amounts of global land surface imaging, vegetation conditions, climate observations and climate projections. This Challenge focuses on gathering new and creative ideas for how to use, visualize, analyze or otherwise utilize the datasets and seeks input from climate experts, hobbyists, citizen scientists and all others with ideas for how to use the data to address items in the President’s plan.
Why did I write spare time? Because if one takes the (unknown) renomme (?) of winning a prize there aside and if one takes aside a rather unspecified prospect of eventual further (paid?) work (?) opportunities:
Don’t worry if you can’t put your ideas into action, as the results and submissions from this Challenge will form the input for a second Challenge, which will focus on building the tools and apps suggested and conceptualized in this Challenge.
and if one takes the challenge serious then for any decently structured set of ideas this seem to involve at least a week of full time work, which would -given a prize of 1000 dollars- amount to a sum of around 20dollars/hour which in the turn means that you would need to compete with a unknown number of participants (100?) for eventually getting back that salary for a week long 20dollars/hour job. That is if this is not partially a hobby or if you don't cut back on ideas and presentation work a guaranteed 10dollars/hour at the next fast food chain could eventually be more sustainable.