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SEPT. 15: Environmental Defense Fund, NASA, Desert Research Institute and Google to showcase new web app that aims to transform water management in the West


September 9, 2020 ( Newswire)


Representatives of the media are invited to attend a virtual media briefing and demonstration of OpenET, a new web application being developed by Environmental Defense Fund, NASA, the Desert Research Institute and Google to transform water management in the western United States.

When: 11 a.m. Pacific Time, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020


The media briefing and demonstration will feature:

Robyn Grimm, Senior Manager, Water Information Systems, Environmental Defense Fund
Forrest Melton, Program Scientist for the NASA Western Water Applications Office
Justin Huntington, Research Professor, Desert Research Institute
Tyler Erickson, Developer Advocate, Google Earth Engine
Eric Averett, General Manager, Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District, Bakersfield, CA
Oregon state Rep. Mark Owens, Harney County, Oregon

Webcast Details: To join the media briefing, please register at

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Environmental Defense Fund (, a leading international nonprofit organization, creates transformational solutions to the most serious environmental problems. EDF links science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships. Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and our Growing Returns blog.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration ( is a U.S. government agency that leads an innovative program of exploration with commercial and international partners to enable human expansion across the solar system and bring new knowledge and opportunities back to Earth. With its fleet of Earth-observing satellites and instruments, NASA uses the vantage point of space to understand and explore our home planet, improve lives and safeguard our future.

The Desert Research Institute ( is a recognized world leader in basic and applied interdisciplinary research. Committed to scientific excellence and integrity, DRI faculty, students, and staff have developed scientific knowledge and innovative technologies in research projects around the globe. Since 1959, DRI's research has advanced scientific knowledge, supported Nevada's diversifying economy, provided science-based educational opportunities, and informed policymakers, business leaders, and community members.

Google Earth Engine ( combines a multi-petabyte catalog of satellite imagery and geospatial datasets with planetary-scale analysis capabilities and makes it available for scientists, researchers, and developers to detect changes, map trends, and quantify differences on the Earth's surface.

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