The fourth Applied Sciences Team

SERVIR Applied Sciences Team (AST)

About the AST Program

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. The Applied Sciences Team (AST) supports SERVIR in developing science applications and services for international development through the use of Earth observations. Developed in collaboration with SERVIR regional hubs, these projects are also designed to build regional capacity for using these cutting edge tools and data.

AST members have collaborated with colleagues at SERVIR's hubs across the globe: Amazonia, Hindu Kush Himalaya, Southeast Asia, and West Africa, as well as Mesoamerica and Eastern & Southern Africa (which are no longer part of SERVIR). 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.

In 2011, the NASA Research Opportunities for Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) A 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. A second cohort was selected in 2015, followed by a third in 2019. The most recent cohort was announced in February 2023.

Banner photo: The fourth Applied Sciences Team poses at a gathering in February 2023.