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In 2008, NASA and USAID partnered with the Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), based in Nairobi, Kenya, and together they began setting up SERVIR's Eastern and Southern Africa hub. RCMRD is a leading inter-governmental organization that currently has 20 Contracting Member States -- Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somali, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe -- in the Eastern and Southern Africa Regions. RCMRD’s aim is to promote sustainable development through generation, application and dissemination of Geo-Information and allied ICT services and products in the Member States and beyond. The SERVIR-Eastern and Southern Africa project builds upon RCMRD’s existing strengths and augments their data management and training capability. Efforts complement RCMRD’s core mission and provide a springboard for the development of applications customized for Member States.


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    Land-Cover Mapping For Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory In Africa

    As human activities continue to generate GHGs (greenhouse gases), it is essential to track changes in forests, ground cover, and land use because 1) forests remain an important bulwark against the impact of GHGs; and 2) deforestation accounts for 20 percent of GHGs in the atmosphere. The United Nations, EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), and RCMRD (Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development) are helping nine African nations develop the capacity to analyze how changes in land cover impact emissions. The project generates baseline data and provides training for national GHG teams.

      CREST Hydrologic Modeling

      Several countries in SERVIR hub regions lack real-time information about hydrologic conditions such as streamflow—the amount of water flowing in their streams and rivers. For example, water managers in eastern Africa are interested in the availability of water in the region in multiple time ranges: historical, current, near-term (next 72 hours), and long-term. They need this information to predict where droughts or floods might occur, and decision-makers and disaster-response organizations need it to take effective advance action to save lives, crops, and property.

        Frost Monitoring and Forecasting in Africa

        Frost poses a significant threat to Africa’s agricultural communities. In East Africa alone, frost causes millions of dollars in damage to tea and coffee crops. With adequate warning, farmers can take steps to minimize the impact of frost. Kenya’s Ministry of Agriculture requested that the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development and SERVIR help build the country's capacity to identify frost-impacted areas and create an early-warning system so officials and farmers will know when frost is imminent.

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        SERVIR team members converge for week-long Technology Exchange

        March 29, 2017

        The SERVIR Science Coordination Office recently convened a week-long Geospatial Information Technology (GIT) exchange hosted at the University of San Francisco for members of the SERVIR global network.

        Adding new tools for tracking a changing landscape

        March 22, 2017

        Monitoring land cover change over time is essential to understanding ecosystem health, biodiversity, forest carbon cycling, and much more. Land cover/land use (LCLU) data and maps are critical components for climate monitoring applications such as Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions reports.

        SERVIR Guides Flood Protection in Kenya

        March 16, 2017

        Like many rivers across the world, the Nzoia River in western Kenya pushes over its banks each year. In recent years, to protect lives and property in Kenya, SERVIR-Eastern & Southern Africa (E&SA) at the Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) has provided high-accuracy flood level scenario maps to the World Bank to guide their flood protection dike repairs in the region.