Connecting Space to Village


About us

A joint development initiative of NASA and USAID, SERVIR works in partnership with leading regional organizations world-wide to help developing countries use information provided by Earth observing satellites and geospatial technologies for managing climate risks and land use. We empower decision-makers with tools, products, and services to act locally on climate-sensitive issues such as disasters, agriculture, water, and ecosystems and land use.

SERVIR is improving awareness, increasing access to information, and supporting analysis to help people in Africa, Hindu Kush-Himalaya, Lower Mekong, and Mesoamerica manage challenges in the areas of food security, water resources, land use change, and natural disasters. With activities in more than 45 countries and counting, SERVIR has already developed over 70 custom tools, collaborated with over 250 institutions, and trained more than 3000 individuals, improving the capacity to develop local solutions.



In 2005, SERVIR-Mesoamerica -- first known as the Mesoamerican Regional Visualization & Monitoring System -- was established with the Water Center for the Humid Tropics for Latin America and the Caribbean (CATHALAC) in Panama City, Panama, through the joint effort of NASA, USAID, and other partners. Due to the breadth of SERVIR’s applications at this hub, the Ministerial Declaration of the 2007 Earth Observation Summit recognized SERVIR as a model for the implementation of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). By late 2008, the SERVIR model, through the support of NASA and USAID, had been expanded to East Africa through partnership with the Kenya-based Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD). This hub is called SERVIR-Eastern and Southern Africa. SERVIR’s global expansion continued in late 2010, when SERVIR-Himalaya was established at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu, Nepal. Global expansion extended to Asia's Lower Mekong region in 2014 with SERVIR-Mekong, implemented by the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) and consortium partners. In 2016, USAID and NASA announced the addition of SERVIR-West Africa, implemented by the Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) subsidiary, the Agrometeorology, Hydrology and Meteorology (AGRHYMET) Regional Center, and its consortium partners, with support from Tetra Tech, Inc.  SERVIR-Mesoamerica operated until 2011. The other four hubs are still active, and additional hubs, including a hub in South America, are planned for the future.



SERVIR's approach to designing geospatial information services is embodied in the SERVIR Service Planning Toolkit. The approach emphasizes user-focused services. The toolkit helps researchers engage a broad range of stakeholders to design information services that are integrated into decision processes and lead to positive development outcomes.

The toolkit includes guidance for identifying a development problem, analyzing opportunities for linking decision-making to satellite data analysis, and delivering a service - all through collaborative and results-oriented processes. The SERVIR Service Planning Toolkit is a living document that evolves as the program gains hands-on experience applying the tools. The Toolkit contains four tools linked to the lifecycle of SERVIR services:

Download the entire toolkit here



SERVIR is a global network of leading regional knowledge centers, including the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), and the Agrometeorology, Hydrology and Meteorology (AGRHYMET) Regional Center as well as other partners, dedicated to environmental management through the integration of Earth observations and geospatial technologies.

Building and relying upon a network of collaborators is fundamental to SERVIR. Beyond the sponsorship and active participation of NASA and USAID, collaboration spans a number of other US government agencies and projects, as well as partnerships with government agencies in the regions in which SERVIR operates, joint research with universities and non-governmental organizations, and capacity building with a host of specialized groups.

Building and relying upon a network of collaborators


SERVIR brings together a variety of people from diverse backgrounds to create a special team for addressing complex environmental issues around the globe and providing solutions to local decision makers and stakeholders. Our team includes scientists, technicians, administrators, and other key people in the hubs, the SERVIR coordination office, NASA and USAID headquarters, NASA centers in the U.S., and universities and other institutions around the world.