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What isLifelines?

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The Mission

NASA Lifelines is a community of the future using earth science to improve humanitarian action. Bringing together affected communities, humanitarians, scientists, and policy makers in mission-driven collaborations, NASA Lifelines unlocks the benefits of satellite data and tools for more effective and inclusive decisions before, during and after a crisis.

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Are expected to face acute food insecurity and need urgent assistance. Starvation is a very real risk for 45 million people in 37 countries.
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We need our greatest minds
for our greatest challenges

We need new solutions that respond to the needs of vulnerable, inaccessible communities. This requires bringing together diverse experts across sectors, disciplines, countries and backgrounds to help us innovate better.

How CanEarth Science

Help?

More timely decision-making through real-time and predictive modelling
Using a polar orbital regime, a single satellite could observe every point on Earth twice in one 24-hour day, generating data that enables rapid and informed decision-making for 362 million people in need of humanitarian aid.
Decision-Making supported by greater accuracy of data
Using spectral analyses, images over even the smallest farmer fields give us snapshots of crop health and potential yield and insights into regional and global food security.
Greater confidence in the decision-making process
Insights gained through various types of analysis and sensor data compound on one another to establish a foundation of evidence that increases confidence for decision-makers when faced with difficult choices.
Greater accountability across stakeholders
Earth sciences can also help to measure and validate the long-term impact of investments and humanitarian efforts and to determine what adjustments must be made to see improved outcomes in the future.
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hOW CAN I HELP?

Humanitarian’s Guide to the Galaxy

10 Programs for the Lifelines Community

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How to Get Involved if you are a

Humanitarian

Become a Wayfinder
Join our advisory committee
Sign up for our humanitarian simulation
Pitch an idea at Ready for Impact
Attend a supper club
Be interviewed about your work
Mentor a mural artist
Host an Impact Embassy event
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Humanitarian Wayfinders

The NASA Lifelines Humanitarian Wayfinders program annually unites 3-5 diverse organizations to enhance Lifeline initiatives, guiding design, bolstering community engagement, and promoting innovation, in tandem with NASA’s Applied Sciences division, to weave data into humanitarian efforts and foster skillful collaborations.
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Impact Embassy

Impact Embassy is a hybrid roadshow highlighting Earth science’s significance, presenting Impact Hub content, and recruiting varied talent for key roles, targeting diverse communities by touring institutions like MSIs, HCBUs, tribal colleges, and a wide range of organizations and associations.
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Mural Contests

This contest is a six-year art initiative that engages local artists and communities to create murals in frontline areas, showcasing the intersection of Earth science and humanitarian efforts.
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Advisory Board

Recognizing the importance of external expertise, the NASA Lifelines Advisory Committee offers strategic guidance on program outcomes, while advisors amplify community strength, extend participation networks, and advise on fund allocation based on their seasoned experience.
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Humanitarian Simulations

Humanitarian Simulations are global competitions fostering innovation and collaboration to address pressing humanitarian challenges using Earth observation data.
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Ready for Impact

The NASA Lifelines Ready for Impact program will operate as a pitch competition for humanitarian-earth science teams looking to scale proven innovations.
How to Get Involved if you are a

Scientist/ Researcher

Join our advisory committee
Participate in scientist speed dating
Contribute to our Humans from Space data and tools series
Become an expert volunteer with our Earth science review board
Attend a supper club or roundtable
Host an Impact Embassy event
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Supper Clubs

The Supper Clubs are in-person, informal dinner events that will facilitate community building and discussions around high priority topics ranging from ethics around use of Earth science to centering local experts and frontline communities.
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Impact Embassy

Impact Embassy is a hybrid roadshow highlighting Earth science’s significance, presenting Impact Hub content, and recruiting varied talent for key roles, targeting diverse communities by touring institutions like MSIs, HCBUs, tribal colleges, and a wide range of organizations and associations.
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Scientist Speed Dating

The NASA Lifelines Scientist Speed Dating is an incubator program that brings Earth Scientists and other scientific experts together to engage in interdisciplinary projects that address humanitarian challenges.
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Humans from Space Data Series

The Humans from Space Data Series aims to address humanitarian data gaps using high-quality Earth Observation (EO) tools, refine existing resources for humanitarian use, enhance data visibility and accessibility, prioritize open datasets, streamline tracking of dataset usage, highlight NASA’s contributions to high-resolution imagery for humanitarian efforts, and serve as an engagement tool, while providing analytics and facilitating cross-sector comparisons.
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Earth Science Review Board

The Earth Science Review Board, housed within the Impact Hub, brings together a diverse team of interdisciplinary Earth science experts to advise government, humanitarian, and donor organizations on optimizing program design for equitable impact.
How to Get Involved if you are a

Funder

Join our advisory committee
Sponsor a program for expert review
Mentor or judge the Ready for Impact pitch competition
Host an Impact Embassy event
Co-fund community building programs
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Impact Embassy

Impact Embassy is a hybrid roadshow highlighting Earth science’s significance, presenting Impact Hub content, and recruiting varied talent for key roles, targeting diverse communities by touring institutions like MSIs, HCBUs, tribal colleges, and a wide range of organizations and associations.
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Ready For Impact

The NASA Lifelines Ready for Impact program will operate as a pitch competition for humanitarian-earth science teams looking to scale proven innovations.
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Earth Science Review Board

The Earth Science Review Board, housed within the Impact Hub, brings together a diverse team of interdisciplinary Earth science experts to advise government, humanitarian, and donor organizations on optimizing program design for equitable impact.
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Supper Clubs

The Supper Clubs are in-person, informal dinner events that will facilitate community building and discussions around high priority topics ranging from ethics around use of Earth science to centering local experts and frontline communities.
How to Get Involved if you are a

Policymaker

Review our Impact Hub resources
Participate in a supper club
Host a mural in your hometown
Attend our Ready for Impact series
Host an Impact Embassy event
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Impact Embassy

Impact Embassy is a hybrid roadshow highlighting Earth science’s significance, presenting Impact Hub content, and recruiting varied talent for key roles, targeting diverse communities by touring institutions like MSIs, HCBUs, tribal colleges, and a wide range of organizations and associations.
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Ready For Impact

The NASA Lifelines Ready for Impact program will operate as a pitch competition for humanitarian-earth science teams looking to scale proven innovations.
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Earth Science Review Board

The Earth Science Review Board, housed within the Impact Hub, brings together a diverse team of interdisciplinary Earth science experts to advise government, humanitarian, and donor organizations on optimizing program design for equitable impact.
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Supper Clubs

The Supper Clubs are in-person, informal dinner events that will facilitate community building and discussions around high priority topics ranging from ethics around use of Earth science to centering local experts and frontline communities.

Current Programs

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Humanitarian
Wayfinders

The NASA Lifelines Humanitarian Wayfinders program annually unites 3-5 diverse organizations to enhance Lifeline initiatives, guiding design, bolstering community engagement, and promoting innovation, in tandem with NASA’s Applied Sciences division, to weave data into humanitarian efforts and foster skillful collaborations.
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Fellowship
Program

The NASA Lifelines Fellowship Program invites graduate students, especially from underrepresented backgrounds, to collaborate on Lifeline projects, facilitating their immersion in Earth Science for humanitarian goals and connecting them with industry leaders through mentorship, fostering a diverse network of innovation.
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Impact
Embassy

Impact Embassy is a hybrid roadshow highlighting Earth science’s significance, presenting Impact Hub content, and recruiting varied talent for key roles, targeting diverse communities by touring institutions like MSIs, HCBUs, tribal colleges, and a wide range of organizations and associations.
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