SERVIR is a regional visualization and monitoring system for Africa that integrates satellite and other geospatial data for improved scientific knowledge and decision making. SERVIR addresses the nine societal benefit areas of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS); disasters, ecosystems, biodiversity, weather, water, climate, oceans, health, agriculture and energy.
The effort intensively utilizes and integrates NASA satellite observations and predictive models, along with other geographic information (satellite, sensor, and field-based) to monitor and forecast ecological changes while responding to natural disasters.
With support from USAID and NASA, this evolving regional visualization and monitoring platform is being established in Africa to improve scientific knowledge and decision-making in a range of application areas. The objectives of the project is to implement access to and sharing of environmental data; Strengthen regional infrastructure to facilitate SERVIR national implementation and to build a community of data custodians and users around SERVIR Data Portal The Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) in Nairobi, Kenya is newly hosting the East-Africa node. A similar node already is operational in Central America, under the management of the Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean (CATHALAC) in Panama. NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama coordinates the program and also maintains a rapid prototyping facility.
The launch and ribbon cutting ceremony would be held at the RCMRD premises in Kasarani on 21st November 2008 starting 10.00Hrs.