Kaytan Kelkar wins 2016 AGU Data Visualization Storytelling Competition

Nov 21, 2016

Congratulations to Geology Graduate student, Kaytan Kelkar, Grand Prize Winner at the 2016 AGU Data Visualization Storytelling Competition. 

The 2016 AGU Data Visualization Storytelling Competition is a partnership between NASA and AGU. The competition focuses on innovation and creativity in presenting data, and must address one of the three themes for the contest. The three themes for the contest were the: 2015/2016 El Nino, innovative use of new and emerging technologies, and extreme events and natural hazards, from cause to effect and beyond. The competition was judged on the creativity of the presentation and the applicant’s ability to present the data and complex problems, the perceived level of impact and engagement the planned presentation incites in audience, and the organization and conceivability of proposed presentation of data.

The Grand Prize winner receives the following:

  • $2500 travel grant to attend the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting
  • $2500 travel grant to attend an Earth and space science meeting in 2017
  • $1000 travel stipend to visit a NASA center to collaborate with NASA scientists in 2017
  • One complimentary registration to 2016 AGU Fall Meeting
  • Opportunity to “tell their story” via NASA Hyperwall at the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting and other AGU affiliated meetings

Kaytan Kelkar’s research interests are in geomorphology focusing on mass movement. For his thesis, Kaytan has developed a GIS-based 3D model for landslide susceptibility in the Western San Juan Mountains of Colorado. His model integrates six parameters, where each parameter is assigned a weighted percentage based on relative influence to cause slope failure. Kaytan has presented his work at multiple conferences.

More information about the competition and winners can be found here.