SERVIR team members share and learn at Annual Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union

Published: Jan 09 2013

SERVIR's Cerese Albers, Basanta Shrestha, Dan Irwin, and Pietro Ceccato attended the 45th Annual Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in San Francisco, California, 3 - 7 December 2012.

 Shrestha Albers and Ceccato at AGU
SERVIR team members at AGU event.
(From left -- ICIMOD Regional Coordinator Basanta Shrestha,
SERVIR Science Applications Deputy Lead Cerese Albers, and
SERVIR Applied Sciences Team member Pietro Ceccato)  

Albers, SERVIR Science Applications Deputy Lead, gave a presentation entitled "SERVIR: Connecting Space to Village" at a special Ignite@AGU event involving a series of fast-paced 5-minute presentations on topics related to innovative efforts of groups attending AGU. The event was convened by Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), NASA Earth Science Division (represented by Applied Sciences Director Lawrence Friedl), and Sonoma Technology Inc.

Shrestha, Regional Coordinator of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), SERVIR's partner organization at SERVIR-Himalaya, presented during the NASA Capacity Building Session. He gave a talk based on his paper entitled "Enhancing Earth Observation Capacity in the Himalayan Region," and it included discussion of the challenges and the lessons learned at SERVIR-Himalaya and ICIMOD as they collaborate to build regional capacity and cooperation in using Earth observations.

Also in the NASA Capacity Building Session, Irwin delivered a presentation called "SERVIR Science Applications for Capacity Building," co-authored by NASA Capacity Building Program Director Nancy Searby and SERVIR Science Applications Lead Ashutosh Limaye. Ceccato, a member of the SERVIR Applied Sciences Team, presented on "How the Use of Remote Sensing is Transferred to Diverse User Communities Through Capacity Building at Columbia University."

As the largest worldwide geophysical sciences conference, AGU is attended by over 20,000 Earth scientists, space scientists, educators, students, and other leaders. The event gives attendees the opportunity to present their research, communicate with colleagues, and learn about the latest progress in the geophysical arena.

"The AGU event provides opportunities for learning, sharing, and networking," says Shrestha. "Many of the themes discussed are directly relevant to SERVIR-Himalaya science applications and capacity building."

"There is a great societal need for our work in SERVIR," adds Albers. "By staying on the cutting edge of science through conferences like AGU, we can assemble the best ideas to create geospatial tools and applications that directly address end-user needs and equip policy and decision makers with the information they need to bring about positive change."

Note: AGU, based in Washington DC, is an international non-profit scientific association with more than 60,000 members, and is dedicated to advancing Earth and space sciences. The AGU Annual Fall Meeting includes thousands of poster presentations and oral presentations as well as over 250 exhibitors. Several town halls, workshops, and social and networking events also take place.

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