News and Events

News and Events

E.g., 08/19/2019
E.g., 08/19/2019
August 8, 2019
ClimateBits: Unhealthy Air
July 2, 2019
Changes in river morphology including floods, erosion, and landslides are affecting ecosystem habitats and the lives and livelihoods of communities living along Myanmar’s rivers. SERVIR-Mekong is using satellite-based monitoring tools to support Myanmar agencies and communities to manage the risks better. Last year in Myanmar, floods resulted in 31 deaths and displaced over 300,000 people because official warnings came too late. To help prevent such crises, SERVIR-Mekong and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) are developing a seasonal river morphological monitoring and warning system called Dancing Rivers to improve flood forecasting in Myanmar. To read more about this project, visit: https://www.servirglobal.net/#news
July 1, 2019
NASA’s satellite imagery and model forecasts regularly help agricultural and aid agencies to monitor the performance of crops worldwide and prepare for food shortages.
July 1, 2019
The Cyanobacteria Assessment Network (CyAN) mobile application (app) has been released. It is a tool that uses satellite data to alert users that a harmful algal bloom could be forming based on specific changes in the color of the water in more than 2,000 of the largest lakes and reservoirs across the United States.
June 27, 2019
Fighting Mosquitoes From Space
May 28, 2019
At NASA, we leverage the power of our views of Earth from space and research aircraft to assist communities around the world as they plan for — and recover from — these severe, often life-threatening, events.
May 14, 2019
We’ve all heard that a picture is worth a thousand words—but so is a map. When you look up your home address on Google Maps, you’ll learn things about your neighborhood that aren’t readily apparent from walking its streets. Compare a current day map of your community to one produced 50 years ago and you’ll take a trip through history that yields different perspectives on the present. In support of Groundwork USA’s Climate Safe Neighborhoods (CSN) project, NASA DEVELOP worked with two CSN participating cities, Elizabeth, New Jersey, and Providence, Rhode Island to devise a rigorous methodology for evaluating land surface temperature and risk of flooding. This collaboration provides Groundwork access to NASA scientists and methods to apply the large store of NASA satellite imagery. To read more about this collaboration, visit: https://groundworkusa.org/putting-climate-safe-neighborhoods-on-the-map/
May 1, 2019
Since 2011, DEVELOP's Virtual Poster Session (VPS) has featured the program's feasibility projects through short videos that showcase the application of NASA Earth observations to address environmental issues around the globe. This spring, 16 projects competed and congratulations to the Texas Water Resources team at DEVELOP’s North Carolina - NCEI node. The team worked with the Texas A&M Forest Service and the USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station Threat Assessment Center to use NASA Earth science data for studying drought in Texas. Check out their work! To watch the video, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkFiYFXb7z4 To read more about the project, visit: https://develop.larc.nasa.gov/2019/Spring/TexasWater.html
April 19, 2019
Considered a hotspot for biodiversity, the Madre de Dios region of southeastern Peru is an exceptionally fertile landscape. Since the 1980s, human activity has caused deforestation for farming, cattle ranching, logging, and more recently gold mining. To better manage this natural resource, the Monitoring of Andean Amazon Project (MAAP) by Conservación Amazónica compiles timely, easy-to-understand technical reports related to deforestation monitoring in Peru. The MAAP “hotspots” report inspired graduate research assistant Andrea Nicolau of University of Alabama in Huntsville, to map forest loss in Madre de Dios over a five-year span. Nicolau works with SERVIR, a joint initiative of NASA and the U.S. Agency for International Development to provide satellite data, maps, and other tools to environmental decision-makers in developing countries. To read more about the project, visit: https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/144841/tracking-peruvian-forest-loss-from-space
April 9, 2019
SERVIR is pleased to announce the release of the Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Handbook: Comprehensive Methodologies for Forest Monitoring and Biomass Estimation. This Handbook contains a collection of state-of-the-art methods and theoretical background to facilitate the use of SAR data for forest monitoring and biomass estimation. The SAR Handbook is a “living” document, freely-available online as an e-Book hosted on the SERVIR Global website. Each chapter is authored by a world-renowned SAR expert, and has gone through extensive reviews and testing by the SERVIR Global network. The development of this Handbook and associated training materials are the result of years of work and a strong partnership between SERVIR and SilvaCarbon, a U.S. government program working to enhance capacity around the world in monitoring and managing forests. Download SAR Handbook here: https://gis1.servirglobal.net/TrainingMaterials/SAR/SARHB_FullRes.pdf