The mission of the Applied Geoscience and Technology Division is "to help Pacific island people position themselves to respond effectively to the challenges they face and make informed decisions about their future and the future they wish to leave for the generations that follow." Its goal is to ensure that earth sciences are utilized fully in order to improve the livelihoods of Pacific communities.
Every month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Center for Climate Prediction has a drought briefing by teleconference to identify the latest drought areas in North America, writes Don Comis of the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS).
Current regional and global scale hydrological models, such as the Coupled Routing and Excess STorage (CREST) model, do not take into account the release and storage of water by man-made dams. These models make gross assumptions about dam operation, impairing their accuracy and utility. In many less economically developed areas of the world, it is not possible to acquire information on the timing and extent of water release in dammed regions.
GeoSUR is a program of the Andean Development Corporation established in 2007, which aims the establishment of a decentralized network to diffuse geographic information of South America. This objective will be achieved through the most recent space-based technologies.