NASA and a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Monday launched SERVIR-Mekong, a corner plan to strengthen informal environmental monitoring in 5 countries in a reduce Mekong segment of Southeast Asia.
One of 3 SERVIR hubs now handling in building regions of a world, a core is housed during a Asian Disaster Preparedness Center in Bangkok, Thailand, and joins a flourishing tellurian village of scientists and decision-makers regulating publicly accessible information from space resources to residence vicious informal issues.
“Today, NASA demonstrates a tellurian impact of a scholarship goal here on Earth and a joining to safeguarding a resources, a sourroundings and many of all a millions of people living, operative and lifting new generations of pioneers and innovators opposite a region,” pronounced NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, who took partial in a facility’s central opening along with NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan.
Researchers pull on a continual tide of space-based climate, continue and other Earth regard information from NASA and a partners, pity timely information with governments and researchers in Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam and addressing issues such as H2O management, land use planning, disaster risk rebate and government of healthy resources.
The SERVIR module helps governments and growth stakeholders incorporate Earth observations and geospatial technologies into healthy disaster response, urge food security, guarantee tellurian health, and conduct H2O and healthy resources. Hubs in any segment concentration on issues and needs many vicious to internal populations.
“Under SERVIR-Mekong, we are drumming into a best accessible scholarship and record to assistance strengthen this region’s critical ecosystems and a advantages they yield to society,” pronounced Beth Paige, executive of USAID’s Regional Development Mission for Asia. “Already, Asian scientists, NASA scientists and others are commencement to rise collection to build resilience and minister to rebellious some of a region’s many dire challenges.”
Partnering with NASA and USAID, as partial of a SERVIR-Mekong consortium, are a Asian Disaster Preparedness Center; Deltares, headquartered in Delft, The Netherlands; a Stockholm Environment Institute in Sweden; and, a Spatial Informatics Group of Pleasanton, California. SERVIR tellurian direct support is supposing by Development Alternatives Incorporated, headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland.
SERVIR was grown in coordination with a Group on Earth Observations, an fondness of some-more than 90 nations and organizations collaborating to build a tellurian Earth-observing complement to advantage society’s needs. Named for a Spanish tenure definition “to serve,” a module was instituted in 2005 by researchers during NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, that continues to residence a SERVIR Coordination Office. NASA, USAID and their partners work SERVIR hubs in Kathmandu, Nepal, portion a Hindu-Kush-Himalaya region, and in Nairobi, Kenya, portion Eastern and Southern Africa. The initial SERVIR hub, launched in 2005 in Panama City, Panama, served a Mesoamerican segment and a Dominican Republic.