SERVIR Applied Sciences Team

Through SERVIR, NASA's Earth Science Division’s Applied Sciences Program advances the use of space-based observations to inform policy and decision makers as they adapt to the impacts of global change and plan for a sustainable future. In 2011, the NASA Research Opportunities for Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) A.36 solicitation was issued for SERVIR’s first Applied Sciences Team (AST). After a competitive process, eleven proposals were selected as four-year funded efforts to address identified end-user needs in SERVIR hub regions. ROSES 2015 included an Applied Sciences Program solicitation to select a new SERVIR Applied Sciences Team, from which 16 new proposals were selected for three-year efforts to begin in 2016.

The Applied Sciences Team supports SERVIR in developing science applications for international development through the use of Earth observations. Members of the latest SERVIR Applied Sciences Team are working with the hub team members on new projects in SERVIR hub regions: Eastern and Southern Africa, West Africa, the Hindu Kush-Himalaya region, and the lower Mekong region of southeast Asia. The projects bring the latest in Earth observation and geospatial technologies to bear on regional issues related to agriculture and food security, water resources and hydroclimatic disasters, land cover and land use change and ecosystems, and weather and climate. Developed in collaboration with the SERVIR hubs, these projects are also designed to build regional capacity for using these cutting edge tools and data.

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3rd SERVIR Annual Global Exchange Focuses on Lasting Impact

The third SERVIR Annual Global Exchange (SAGE) brought together over 110 team members from across the SERVIR network to Bilbao, Spain from October 9-13, 2017. Read More

Forecasting and Communicating Water-Related Disasters in Africa

These training materials provide an introduction to the Ensemble Framework for Flash Flood Forecasting (EF5) system developed by SERVIR Applied Sciences Team PI Yang Hong, Co-I Zac Flamig, and Race Clark of the University of Oklahoma. Read More

Tracking the changing landscape of Eastern and Southern Africa

Countries need accurate land cover data and methods for national-level monitoring of land cover changes and forest loss to inform forest management and policy. Read More

Current AST Projects

Supporting National Agricultural Monitoring for Food Security

Supporting National Agricultural Monitoring for Food Security

PI: Inbal Becker-Reshef VIEW PROJECT
Improved Hydrologic Decision Support for the Lower Mekong River Basin Through Integrated Remote Sensing and Modeling

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

PI: John Bolten VIEW PROJECT
Managing the Changing Water Resources South of the Himalayas

Managing the Changing Water Resources South of the Himalayas

PI: Cédric David VIEW PROJECT
Monitoring Intense Thunderstorms in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region

Monitoring Intense Thunderstorms in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region

PI: Patrick Gatlin VIEW PROJECT
A West Africa LDAS for Forecasting Extreme Hydrological Events (WALFEHE)

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

PI: Augusto Getirana VIEW PROJECT
Desertification or "re-greening"? Adaptation lessons learned in coping with late 20th century drought in West Africa

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

PI: Alessandra Giannini VIEW PROJECT
Supporting Pastoralist Livelihoods in West Africa Through Remote Sensing of Rangeland Vegetation Structure, Forage Production and Long-Term Trend Analysis

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

PI: Niall Hanan VIEW PROJECT
Enabling Local Monitoring of Landscape Change Across Eastern Africa

Enabling Local Monitoring of Landscape Change Across Eastern Africa

PI: Sean Healey VIEW PROJECT
Forecasting and Communicating Water-Related Disasters in Africa

Forecasting and Communicating Water-Related Disasters in Africa

PI: Yang Hong VIEW PROJECT
Comprehensive Stream Flow Prediction and Visualization to Support Integrated Water Management

Comprehensive Stream Flow Prediction and Visualization to Support Integrated Water Management

PI: Jim Nelson VIEW PROJECT
Enhancing Eastern and Southern Africa Climate Services by Increasing Access to Remote Sensing and Model Datasets

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

PI: Shraddhanand Shukla VIEW PROJECT
Monitoring and Projecting Environmental Change in Fragmented Tropical Forest Landscapes

Monitoring and Projecting Environmental Change in Fragmented Tropical Forest Landscapes

PI: Michael Wimberly VIEW PROJECT
Seasonal Prediction of HKH Hydrological Extremes with the South Asia Land Data Assimilation System

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

PI: Benjamin Zaitchik VIEW PROJECT
Using Earth Observation Data to Improve REDD+ Policy in Mesoamerica and the Dominican Republic

Using Earth Observation Data to Improve REDD+ Policy in Mesoamerica and the Dominican Republic

PI: Allen Blackman VIEW PROJECT
Development and Implementation of Flood Risk Mapping, Water Bodies Monitoring and Climate Information for Disaster Management and Human Health

Development and Implementation of Flood Risk Mapping, Water Bodies Monitoring and Climate Information for Disaster Management and Human Health

PI: Pietro Ceccato VIEW PROJECT
East Africa Drought and Agricultural Productivity Assessment and Prediction System

East Africa Drought and Agricultural Productivity Assessment and Prediction System

PI: Stephanie Granger VIEW PROJECT
A Satellite-based Early Warning, Mapping and Post-Disaster Visualization System for Water Resources of Low-lying Deltas of the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region

A Satellite-based Early Warning, Mapping and Post-Disaster Visualization System for Water Resources of Low-lying Deltas of the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region

PI: Faisal Hossain VIEW PROJECT
Applications of Satellite Products for Air Quality Monitoring, Analysis, Forecasting, and Visualization in the SERVIR Mesoamerica and Himalaya Regions

Applications of Satellite Products for Air Quality Monitoring, Analysis, Forecasting, and Visualization in the SERVIR Mesoamerica and Himalaya Regions

PI: Amy Thomas VIEW PROJECT
Interdisciplinary Science Applications to Glacier and Alpine Hazards in Relation to Development and Habitation in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya: SERVIR Science Team Project

Interdisciplinary Science Applications to Glacier and Alpine Hazards in Relation to Development and Habitation in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya: SERVIR Science Team Project

PI: Jeff Kargel VIEW PROJECT
Landslide Hazard Assessment and Forecasting System using Near Real-Time Remote Sensing Information over SERVIR-Mesoamerica

Landslide Hazard Assessment and Forecasting System using Near Real-Time Remote Sensing Information over SERVIR-Mesoamerica

PI: Dalia Kirschbaum VIEW PROJECT
Forest Carbon Assessment for REDD in the East Africa SERVIR Region

Forest Carbon Assessment for REDD in the East Africa SERVIR Region

PI: Scott Goetz VIEW PROJECT
Leveraging CMIP5 and NASA / GMAO Coupled Modeling Capacity for SERVIR East Africa Climate Projections

Leveraging CMIP5 and NASA / GMAO Coupled Modeling Capacity for SERVIR East Africa Climate Projections

PI: Franklin (Pete) Robertson VIEW PROJECT
SERVIR Water Africa-Arizona Team (SWAAT)

SERVIR Water Africa-Arizona Team (SWAAT)

PI: Aleix Serrat-Capdevila and Juan Valdes VIEW PROJECT
A Long Time-Series Indicator of Agricultural Drought for the Greater Horn of Africa

A Long Time-Series Indicator of Agricultural Drought for the Greater Horn of Africa

PI: James Verdin VIEW PROJECT