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CCRI - Connecting the Local Urban Fabric to Global Climate Change

🚀 Summer Internship


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  • US Citizen with a background in computer programming, earth science, GIS, and remote sensing. Strong skills in climate change, Landsat, satellite imagery, cartography, and documentation management. Proficient in written communication and familiar with the connection between the local urban fabric and global climate change.
  • The candidate will assess and analyze satellite data sets, develop methods for urban monitoring, conduct field studies, create cartographic products, collaborate with stakeholders, and communicate findings with the science community as part of their daily responsibilities at NASA.

Summer Internship



  • Urban areas are principal agents of change across our home planet. In an increasingly urbanizing biosphere, scientific understanding, and societal adaptation each require tools to accurately measure and monitor the dynamics and environmental consequences of the urban ecosystem. With over half of the world’s population living in urban areas today—projected to grow to 68% by 2050—these tools, data, and scientific understanding will make significant contributions to national and international policies to ensure the sustainability of cities and settlements in the face of a changing climate. While urban areas still represent today a small proportion of Earth’s land surface, urbanization can have significant impacts on hydrological cycles and microclimates of local and surrounding areas up to regional and even continental scales.
  • New, more detailed, and more accurate remotely-sensed data on urban areas and associated built-up surfaces can provide a foundation for a better understanding of the impacts of cities on their environment and potential improvements in the modeling of the impacts of urbanization on the energy/water/carbon cycles. The unprecedented level of spatial detail in these new data sets allows for a much improved and accurate characterization of the urban fabric (e.g., roads, buildings, open space), and their change, at a spatial scale that is directly relevant to cities and settlements and their inhabitants. This project will leverage existing and future NASA remote sensing assets to study in detail the direct connections between changes in the urban fabric and environmental changes in the Baltimore/Washington DC study area and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The aim is to develop, test and assess data and methodologies regionally but with potential applicability to other areas of the world.


  • US Citizen Only
  • Preferred Major:
  • Computer and Information Sciences - Computer Programming; Computer and Information Sciences - Computer Science; Engineering - Geological/Geophysical Engineering; Multi-disciplinary - Natural Sciences; Multi-disciplinary - Sustainability Studies; Natural Resources Conservation and Research; Other-Not Listed; Physical Science - Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology; Physical Science - Geological and Earth Science/Geosciences; Science Technology - Science Technologies/Technicians; Social Science - Geography and Cartography
  • Skills:
  • Climate Change
  • GIS System
  • Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • Earth Science
  • Remote Sensing
  • Written Communication
  • Landsat
  • Satellite Imagery
  • Documentation Management
  • Cartography

Education requirements

Currently Studying
Third Year
Final Year
First Year
Second Year

Area of Responsibilities



  • Assess quality and accuracy of the harmonized Landsat and Sentinel 2 data set for urban change monitoring in the Baltimore/Washington DC area
  • Develop methods and assess useability of NASA Lidar remote sensing (e.g., satellite/airborne) for urban vertical structure.
  • Assess useability of Landsat and ECOSTRESS satellite data for monitoring the urban heat island effect.
  • Use Very High Resolution commercial satellite archive at NASA for urban change detection and vertical change.
  • Perform field studies using field measurements and the GLOBE Observer mobile phone app to assess accuracy of data sets above. This work will involve local schools and high school students.
  • Develop maps or other cartographic products using NASA satellite data over the Baltimore/Washington DC region.
  • Work with local stakeholders to communicate science and to build capacity to use new data sets for local/regional applications.
  • Communicate findings with science community via presentations and written work.
  • Participate in NASA research proposals and publications as appropriate.


Work type

Full time

Work mode


Application deadline

Jul 3, 2024