NASA's DEVELOP National Program Uses Shore Studios Drone Video

NASA’s DEVELOP—yes, that NASA—reached out to Shore Studios to use one of our drone videos of a local, Eastern Shore farm in a new video they developed to highlight the importance of winter cover crops on agricultural land for erosion control and nutrient retention.

DEVELOP partnered with Maryland Department of Agriculture to evaluate the performance of Maryland cover crops on the basis of biomass using satellite imagery. The DEVELOP team then created a graphical user interface (GUI) using Google Earth Engine to provide further insight and analysis to aid the MDA in making more informed decisions to improve conservation efforts for the Chesapeake Bay.

Our drone shot can be found from :37 - :45 in the video below.

About NASA DEVELOP National Program

DEVELOP addresses environmental and public policy issues through interdisciplinary research projects that apply the lens of NASA Earth observations to community concerns around the globe. Bridging the gap between NASA Earth Science and society, DEVELOP builds capacity in both participants and partner organizations to better prepare them to address the challenges that face our society and future generations. Teams of DEVELOP participants partner with decision makers to conduct rapid feasibility projects that highlight relevant applications of Earth observing missions, cultivate advanced skills, and increase understanding of NASA Earth science data and technology.


Special thanks to Evan Miles of Bluestem Farm in Chestertown, Maryland for always being willing to allow us to film their harvesting operation with our drone. The following drone video, shot at Bluestem Farm, is the production that NASA staff saw that led to them sending Shore Studios an inquiry to use our footage.


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by Sam Shoge

Sam Shoge founded Shore Studios in the spring of 2017 to capture photography and videography of the Eastern Shore and Chesapeake lifestyle from new, aerial perspectives. Using sophisticated drone technology, Shoge is passionate about bringing a new dimension to storytelling regarding what makes the Eastern Shore and Chesapeake Bay so special.