New services and wider reach are on deck with the expansion of SERVIR’s Southeast Asia Hub. SERVIR is a joint initiative between NASA and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that supports international climate adaptation and resilience.
A scheduled ceremony to formally expand the program is on Tuesday, January 24. Hosted by USAID and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, the event also marks the official renewal of the existing SERVIR Mekong program. This previous program served countries along the Lower Mekong River, including Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Rebranding to ‘SERVIR Southeast Asia,’ the new program aims to extend the reach of its services to new countries in the region. The ceremony will be held at the Space Inspirium–Thailand’s first museum dedicated to space–and include opening remarks from NASA Earth Sciences Director, Dr. Karen St. Germain, and U.S. Ambassador to Thailand, Robert Godec.
SERVIR was established by NASA and USAID in 2005 to collaborate with organizations and governments in Asia, Africa, and Latin America to help communities address environmental challenges with the use of Earth observing satellites. With a name meaning “to serve” in Spanish, the program is designed to increase access to Earth satellite data for environmental decision-making and collaboratively develop custom tools and services.
More about the SERVIR Hub in Southeast Asia:
- Science for a Rainy Day: How SERVIR Is Helping Southeast Asia Adapt to Variable Rainfall
- Thailand Brings NASA Air Quality Data Down to Earth