The SERVIR mechanism is a joint venture between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It integrates satellite observations, ground-based data and forecast models to help developing nations in Eastern and Southern Africa, West Africa, the Hindu-Kush region of the Himalayas, the lower Mekong River Basin in Southeast Asia and the Amazon region of South America manage climate risks and land use. It has its Coordination Office in the United States and is supported by numerous regional offices: The Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) in Kenya, the Agrometeorology, Hydrology and Meteorology (AGRHYMET) Regional Center, a subsidiary of the Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) in Niger,  the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Nepal, the Asia Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) in Thailand and the Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia. SERVIR both provides access to EO data and offers capacity-building activities such as trainings and workshops to strengthen the use of EO data in decision-making efforts. With activities in more than 45 countries and counting, SERVIR has already developed over 70 custom tools, collaborated with over 500 institutions, and trained more than 8400 individuals.


The program supports not only national governments, but also universities, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. Users of SERVIR are government officials, disaster managers, scientists/researchers, students and the general public.

Conditions for activation

SERVIR serves as a source for satellite imagery and information provider during extreme events. The SERVIR mechanism is intended to respond to needs for satellite-based geo-information in Eastern and Southern Africa, West Africa, the Hindu-Kush region of the Himalayas, the lower Mekong River Basin in Southeast Asia and the Amazon region of South America.

User Request / Point of Contact

The mechanism is available on one of the following websites depending on the region:

Eastern and Southern Africa:

West Africa:

Hindu-Kush region of the Himalayas:

Mekong River Basin in Southeast Asia:

Amazon region of South America:


SERVIR gathers images from a constellation of geosynchronous and polar-orbiting satellites. SERVIR uses data from the following satellites: ALOS-2, Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2, Terra, Aqua, GOES-16, GRACE-FO, IceSat-2, Jason-3, Landsat-7, Landsat-8, RADARSAT-2, SMAP, NOAA-20, Suomi NPP, the Global Precipitation Measurement mission (GPMM) and the MAXAR constellation. It also relies on NASA datasets or imagery provided by the Canadian Space Agency, the Argentinean Space Agency, the Japanese Space Agency, the German Aerospace Center, the French Space Agency, the European Space Agency, the Taiwanese National Space Organization, the Disaster Monitoring Constellation and other providers such as MAXAR.

Product / Information

The final product in the form of geospatial information, science applications or interactive maps is made available to the user as a download or a print or via SERVIR’s interactive mapper application.

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