The SERVIR initiative integrates satellite observations, ground-based data and forecast models to monitor environmental changes and to improve response to disasters triggered by natural hazards. SERVIR is a multi-agency, multi-government effort, with over 30 partners and collaborators, principally supported by NASA and USAID and endorsed by governments in Central America, Africa and the Hindu-Kush Himalaya region of Asia. It has its Coordination Office in the United States. SERVIR currently serves three regions: Africa, Himalaya and Mesoamerica. It is supported by three regional centers: The Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) in Kenya, the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Nepal and the Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean in Panama.
The program supports not only national governments, but also universities, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. Users of SERVIR are government officials, disaster managers, scientists/researcher, students and the general public.
Conditions for activation
SERVIR serves as a resource for imagery and modeling support during extreme events. The SERVIR service is intended to respond to needs for satellite-based geo-information in the regions of Mesoamerica, Africa or the Himalaya.
User Request/Point of Contact
The service is available on one of the following websites depending on the region.
SERVIR gathers data from a constellation of geosynchronous and polar-orbiting satellites. Most commonly SERVIR uses the following satellites: Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS), Aqua, Aura, EO-1, Landsat 7, Terra, and the Tropical Rain Forest Measurement Mission (TRMM). It also relies on NASA datasets or imagery provided by the Canadian Space Agency, the Argentinean Space Agency, the Japanese Space Agency, the German Aerospace Center, the French Space Agency, the European Space Agency, the Taiwanese National Space Organization, the Disaster Monitoring Constellation and other providers such as GeoEye and DigitalGlobe.
The final product in the form of geospatial information, science applications or interactive maps is made available to the user as a download or a print or via SERVIR’s interactive mapper application.