SERVIR Science Team

The Applied Sciences Team supports SERVIR in developing science applications for international development through the use of Earth observations. Team members conduct applications research, development, and testing, and participate in capacity building and Tiger Team activities in response to the needs of governmental and non-governmental institutions in SERVIR regions. Applied Sciences applications areas include climate, water resources, health and air quality, ecological forecasting, disasters, carbon and agriculture.


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    Inbal Becker-Reshef, PI

    Inbal Becker-Reshef, PI

    Supporting National Agricultural Monitoring for Food Security

    Inbal Becker-Reshef is Co-Director of the Center for Global Agricultural Monitoring Research, and a Research Associate Professor at the Department of Geographical Sciences at University of Maryland. Her work is focused on the application of satellite information for agricultural monitoring at national to global scales, with a focus transitioning

      John Bolten, PI

      John Bolten, PI

      Improved Hydrologic Decision Support for the Lower Mekong River Basin Through Integrated Remote Sensing and Modeling

      John Bolten’s research focuses on the application of satellite-based remote sensing and land surface hydrological modeling for improved ecological and water resource management. He is Principal Investigator for a project on the SERVIR-Mekong hub. He enjoys playing guitar and banjo and spending time with his daughter.

        Cédric David, PI

        Cédric David, PI

        Managing the Changing Water Resources South of the Himalayas

        A scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory / California Institute of Technology and Principal Investigator of “Managing the Changing Water Resources South of the Himalayas”, Cédric David is interested in the terrestrial water cycle at the continental scale with particular focus on river flow within large networks.

          Patrick Gatlin, PI

          Patrick Gatlin, PI

          Monitoring Intense Thunderstorms in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region

          Dr. Patrick Gatlin is an atmospheric scientist at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center with specializations in the areas of radar meteorology, precipitation science, hydrometeorology and atmospheric electricity. He managed the design, deployment and operation of ground-based precipitation measuring instruments for hydrometeorological

            Augusto Getirana, PI

            Augusto Getirana, PI

            A West Africa LDAS for Forecasting Extreme Hydrological Events (WALFEHE)

            An Assistant Research Scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Augusto Getirana is currently part of the NASA Land Information System (LIS) team in the Hydrological Sciences Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, developing and evaluating hydrological and land models in different regions in the world.

              Alessandra Giannini, PI

              Alessandra Giannini, PI

              Desertification or "re-greening"? Adaptation lessons learned in coping with late 20th century drought in West Africa

              Alessandra Giannini is a climate scientist. She is best known for research that conclusively demonstrated the dominant role of the oceans in effecting late-20th century drought in the Sahel. She enjoys teaching climate science, and the opportunity to exchange with people from all over the world,

                Stephanie Granger, PI

                Stephanie Granger, PI

                Monitoring and Forecasting Drought and Crop Yield for the Lower Mekong Basin

                Stephanie Granger has many (many) years at NASA-JPL/Caltech in Earth science and remote sensing, ranging from large satellite missions to airborne experiments. Her interests are in connecting science and decision-making for drought and agricultural applications.

                  Niall Hanan, PI

                  Niall Hanan, PI

                  Supporting Pastoralist Livelihoods in West Africa Through Remote Sensing of Rangeland Vegetation Structure, Forage Production and Long-Term Trend Analysis

                  Niall Hanan’s research focuses on the ecology of arid and semi-arid grasslands, savannas and grazing lands in tropical and temperate regions. His work uses remote sensing and geospatial information to measure and model natural resource dynamics in grazing systems

                    Sean Healey, PI

                    Sean Healey, PI

                    Enabling Local Monitoring of Landscape Change Across Eastern Africa

                    Sean Healey is a Research Ecologist at the Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Station. His work includes forest carbon monitoring and use of satellites to map land cover change. He plays traditional American music with great enthusiasm and mediocre skill.

                      Yang Hong, PI

                      Yang Hong, PI

                      Forecasting and Communicating Water-Related Disasters in Africa

                      Dr. Yang Hong is a professor of hydrometeorology and remote sensing in the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences and Adjunct Professor with the School of Meteorology, University of Oklahoma. Previously, he was a research scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and Post-doc researcher at University of California, Irvine.

                        Hyongki Lee, PI

                        Hyongki Lee, PI

                        Building Lasting Capacity for Water Management in Vulnerable Deltas of Indochina

                        Hyongki Lee, Assistant Professor at Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of University of Houston, specializes in using spaceborne geodetic instruments including satellite altimetry, GRACE, and SAR/InSAR to better understand earth system sciences.

                          Dr. E. James (Jim) Nelson, PI

                          Dr. E. James (Jim) Nelson, PI

                          Comprehensive Stream Flow Prediction and Visualization to Support Integrated Water Management

                          Dr. Nelson's research focus is hydrologic modeling and analysis specializing in geographic processing and visualization. As a principal member of BYU’s Environmental Modeling Laboratory (EMRL) he led the initial development of the Watershed Modeling System (WMS) now used by public and private agencies worldwide and adopted for

                            Peter Potapov, PI

                            Peter Potapov, PI

                            Supporting satellite-based national land-cover and land-use change monitoring systems in South-East Asian countries (Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam)

                            A Research Associate Professor with the Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland, Peter Potapov's primary research interest is assessing and monitoring forest extent, structure, and composition using open satellite data archives.

                              Shraddhanand Shukla, PI

                              Shraddhanand Shukla, PI

                              Enhancing Eastern and Southern Africa Climate Services by Increasing Access to Remote Sensing and Model Datasets

                              Shrad Shukla is an Assistant Researcher with the Climate Hazards Group at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a large-scale hydrologist and his research primarily focuses on improving drought monitoring and early warning capabilities using remote sensing datasets, large-scale hydrologic models and weather/climate

                                Greg Husak, Co-I

                                Greg Husak, Co-I

                                Enhancing Eastern and Southern Africa Climate Services by Increasing Access to Remote Sensing and Model Datasets

                                Greg Husak is an Associate Researcher and Co-director of the Climate Hazards Group (CHG) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research focuses on statistical analysis of precipitation and developing tools and products to help the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) and others identify agroclimatic drought.

                                  Michael Wimberly, PI

                                  Michael Wimberly, PI

                                  Monitoring and Projecting Environmental Change in Fragmented Tropical Forest Landscapes

                                  Dr. Mike Wimberly is a professor of Natural Resource Management and a Senior Scientist in the Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence at South Dakota State University. His research addresses the impacts of climate and land use change on ecosystems and human health. He is currently leading the Epidemic

                                    Benjamin Zaitchik, PI

                                    Benjamin Zaitchik, PI

                                    Seasonal Prediction of HKH Hydrological Extremes with the South Asia Land Data Assimilation System

                                    An Assistant Professor with the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Ben Zaitchik is interested in the causes and consequences of climate variability. His work includes seasonal forecast, climate change projection, hydrological monitoring, and resilience building activities in the agriculture, water, and health sectors.