SERVIR is used by decision makers to allow for improved monitoring of air quality, extreme weather, biodiversity, and changes in land cover. Special attention is given to analyzing the impacts of climate change and providing information for adaptation strategies.
The SERVIR initiative integrates satellite observations, ground-based data and forecast models to monitor and forecast environmental changes and to improve response to natural disasters. SERVIR enables scientists, educators, project managers and policy implementers to better respond to a range of issues including disaster management, agricultural development, biodiversity conservation and climate change. SERVIR also hosts a web portal to make available previously inaccessible geospatial information such as satellite data, national map layers, and in-situ measurementsh.
Endorsed by governments of Central America and Africa and principally supported by NASA and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), a strong emphasis is placed on partnerships to fortify the availability of searchable and viewable earth observations, measurements, animations, and analysis. A SERVIR coordination office and rapid prototyping facility is located at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
SERVIR has also been used over 35 times to respond to environmental threats such as wildfires, floods, landslides, and harmful algal blooms. Regional SERVIR nodes are located at the Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean (CATHALAC) in Panama and the Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) based in Kenya as well as the centre in Himalaya (ICIMOD) - see picture.
For further information visit: SERVIR or regional offices