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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Tracking the changing landscape of Eastern and Southern Africa

Healthy forests sequester carbon from Earth’s atmosphere, mitigating the effects of human-related greenhouse gas emissions. Countries need accurate land cover monitoring data and methods to estimate carbon storage or emission for reporting related to international agreements and climate change initiatives. Read More

SERVIR Community Gathers in Nepal for 2nd Annual Global Exchange

From October 24-28, 2016, SERVIR team members from around the globe met in Pokhara, Nepal, for the 2nd SERVIR Annual Global Exchange (SAGE). Read More

SERVIR tools supporting forest conservation in Mesoamerica

Deforestation is a critical issue in Mesoamerica and the Caribbean. SERVIR has developed two online mapping and analysis tools to help policymakers in these regions conserve forests. Read More

Current AST Projects

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

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

PI: Scott Goetz VIEW PROJECT

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)

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