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News NASA and USAID Bring Earth-Observation Benefits to Africa

NASA, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and their international partners cut the ribbon Friday 21 November 2008 in Nairobi, Kenya, for SERVIR-Africa. The SERVIR-Africa system integrates the satellite resources of the United States and other countries into a Web-based Earth information system. This effort puts previously inaccessible information into the hands of local scientists, government leaders and communities to help address concerns related to natural disasters, disease outbreaks, biodiversity and climate change.

SERVIR, Spanish for "to serve," has been in operation in Central America, the Caribbean and southern Mexico since 2005. Now, through the support of multiple government agencies and other organizations, NASA and USAID are expanding the system to Africa in partnership with the Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development in Nairobi. The center, an intergovernmental organization with 15 member states in eastern and southern Africa, is a leader in geospatial mapping in the region.

 

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News type Nomination
File link http://www.european-waternews.com/news/id327-NASA_and_USAID_Bring_EarthObservation_Benefits_to_Africa.html
Source of information European Water News
Keyword(s) climate change
Subject(s) HYDRAULICS - HYDROLOGY , INFORMATION - COMPUTER SCIENCES , METHTODOLOGY - STATISTICS - DECISION AID
Relation http://www.semide.net/topics/fol573816
Geographical coverage Africa
News date 26/11/2008
Working language(s) ENGLISH
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