The LCLUC Program is strengthened by the NASA Educational Program through its New Investigators Program (NIP) and the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) (formerly the NASA Earth System Science Fellowship Program). The NIP in Earth Science was established in 1996 to encourage the integration of Earth system science research and education by scientists and engineers at the early stage of their professional careers. The program, designed for investigators in Earth system science and applications at academic institutions and non-profit organizations, emphasizes the early development of professional careers of these individuals as both researchers and educators. A number of new investigators have been supported in the area of land-cover and land-use change research.
The NESSF was started in 1990. The purpose of the program is to ensure continued training of interdisciplinary scientists to support the study of the Earth as a system. Over 700 Ph.D. and M.Sc. fellowships have been awarded since the inception of the program. The graduates from these fellowships constitute a growing network of scholars endeavored to promote Earth system science. In recent years a number of PhD and Graduate Fellowships have been awarded in the area of Land-Cover and Land-Use research.
In addition to the above programs, the LCLUC Program is further strengthened by the NASA/NSF GLOBE Program, a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based education and science program. Landsat’s Education and Public Outreach Program has also spawned many educational resources for students and teachers with formal, informal and tutorial guidance with Landsat data and satallite information.