Paying It Forward: 5 Questions with Africa Flores

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 13:00 in Earth & Climate

A natural curiosity about our home planet is often the greatest driver of scientists who use Earth observations to better understand the Earth’s land, water, and ecosystems—this is one of their stories. An avid reader and fervent cook, Africa Flores leads the Land Cover & Land Use Change Thematic Service Area for NASA’s SERVIR Science Coordination Office. From a young age, Africa had a passion for learning about the world around her—a passion she now shares with her two-year-old daughter, Adriana. Part of that innate curiosity means viewing the world around her from a different perspective. “Satellite-derived observations, such as those provided by NASA and other agencies, are key to mapping and monitoring changes on the Earth's surface,” Africa says. “There is a common saying, ‘We cannot manage what we cannot measure.’” Read on to learn how Africa’s upbringing inspired her path to NASA and her advice to young women looking to follow...

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