Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD)

Topographic image of the Swartberg Mountains in South Africa

NASA supplies high-resolution topographical data to the African continent

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, US Ambassador to Ethiopia Patricia Haslach and US Ambassador to the African Union (AU) Reuben Brigety convened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to debate over the means...
Representatives of RCMRD during the launch of the MODIS receiving station

RCMRD installs MODIS satellite data receiving station

RCMRD, the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development, and host of UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in Kenya, recently installed and launched a new satellite receiving station....
Welcoming remarks were delivered by UNOOSA's director Ms Simonetta Di Pippo

Expert Meeting on Flood and Drought Risk Reduction concluded

UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER and its partners, the German Aerospace Center, the German Ministry of Economics and Energy and Secure World Foundation, successfully held the "United Nations/Germany Expert...

The UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office in Kenya is hosted by the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD).

The UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office hosted by RCMRD has staff with varied expertise in applied geo-informatics and geo-management with the combined experience of more than 35 years of its existence.

Facilities and infrastructure:

RCMRD has 3 computer laboratories, 4MBps up/down Internet, 2 Satellite dishes for products download and state of the art servers for geoprocessing.

Space Based:

  • Landsat Products- MSS,TM, ETM (+)
  • Envisat Products- MERIS, ASAR, ATSAR
  • SPOT SCENE Coverage
  • IKONOS/GEOEYE Coverage, etc


Other datasets:

  • Selected topographic maps
  • Regional vector databases


  • CREST hydrological model
  • GIS & Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing
  • Global Positioning System (GPS) for general applications & Mobile Mapping/GIS Post Graduate Certificate Course in Application of Earth Observation and GIS in Integrated Water Resources Management
  • Digital Photogrammetry

RCMRD, established in 1975, is a premier centre of excellence in the provision of geo-information and allied information communication applications. As part of its mandate, RCMRD, through its programme on early warning, offers capacity building, research, development and innovation services utilizing space technology for disaster risk reduction, disaster management and emergency response.


Get in touch

Main Contact:
Dr. Tesfaye Korme
Director Remote Sensing, GIS and Mapping Department
+25472 3786161

Alternative Contact:
Denis Macharia
Disaster Lead, RCMRD/SERVIR-Africa
Phone +25472 5816711

Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development
Off Kasarani Road

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