SERVIR

Connecting Space to Village

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About us

A joint development initiative of NASA and USAID, SERVIR works in partnership with leading regional organizations world-wide to help developing countries use information provided by Earth observing satellites and geospatial technologies for managing climate risks and land use. We empower decision-makers with tools, products, and services to act locally on climate-sensitive issues such as disasters, agriculture, water, and ecosystems and land use.

SERVIR is improving awareness, increasing access to information, and supporting analysis to help people in Africa, Hindu Kush-Himalaya, Lower Mekong, and Mesoamerica manage challenges in the areas of food security, water resources, land use change, and natural disasters. With activities in more than 30 countries and counting, SERVIR has already developed over 40 custom tools, collaborated with over 200 institutions, and trained more than 1800 individuals, improving the capacity to develop local solutions.

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History

In 2005, SERVIR-Mesoamerica -- first known as the Mesoamerican Regional Visualization & Monitoring System -- was established with the Water Center for the Humid Tropics for Latin America and the Caribbean (CATHALAC) in Panama City, Panama, through the joint effort of NASA, USAID, and other partners. Due to the breadth of SERVIR’s applications at this hub, the Ministerial Declaration of the 2007 Earth Observation Summit recognized SERVIR as a model for the implementation of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). By late 2008, the SERVIR model, through the support of NASA and USAID, had been expanded to East Africa through partnership with the Kenya-based Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD). This hub is called SERVIR-Eastern and Southern Africa. SERVIR’s global expansion continued in late 2010, when an operational facility for the system was established at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu, Nepal. This hub is called SERVIR-Himalaya. In 2014, USAID and NASA announced SERVIR’s expansion to Asia's Lower Mekong region. SERVIR-Mekong is being implemented by the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) and consortium partners. SERVIR-Mesoamerica operated until 2011. The other three hubs are still active, and additional hubs, including a hub in West Africa, are planned for the future.

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network

SERVIR is a global network of leading regional knowledge centers, including the Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) as well as other partners, dedicated to environmental management through the integration of Earth observations and geospatial technologies.

Building and relying upon a network of collaborators is fundamental to SERVIR. Beyond the sponsorship and active participation of NASA and USAID, collaboration spans a number of other US government agencies and projects, as well as partnerships with government agencies in the regions in which SERVIR operates, joint research with universities and non-governmental organizations, and capacity building with a host of specialized groups.

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team

SERVIR brings together a variety of people from diverse backgrounds to create a special team for addressing complex environmental issues around the globe and providing solutions to local decision makers and stakeholders. Our team includes scientists, technicians, administrators, and other key people in the hubs, the SERVIR coordination office, NASA and USAID headquarters, NASA centers in the U.S., and universities and other institutions around the world.

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    EASTERN & SOUTHERN AFRICA

    The SERVIR-Eastern and Southern Africa hub is located at the Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) in Nairobi, Kenya.

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      HIMALAYA

      The SERVIR-Himalaya hub is located at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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        MEKONG

        The SERVIR-Mekong hub is located at the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) in Bangkok, Thailand.

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          WEST AFRICA

          The SERVIR-West Africa hub is located at the Agriculture, Hydrology and Meteorology (AGRHYMET) Regional Center in Niamey, Niger.

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            APPLIED SCIENCES TEAM

            SERVIR Applied Sciences Team members are located at universities and research institutions around the U.S.

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              SUPPORT TEAM

              The SERVIR Support Team from Chemonics is based in Washington, DC, and joined the SERVIR family in April of 2016.

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                USAID

                The SERVIR USAID team is part of the Washington, D.C. based Global Climate Change (GCC) Office, and also includes coordinators at regional or bilateral missions in SERVIR regions.

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                  NASA

                  The SERVIR Coordination Office is located at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and is part of the Capacity Building Program in the Earth Science Division's Applied Sciences Program at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC.

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                    Research Assistants and Interns

                    SERVIR is highly focused on building capacity. One of the best ways to build capacity is to educate and train through the Research Assistant, and intern programs.