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what is SERVIR?

A joint development initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), SERVIR works in partnership with leading regional organizations worldwide to help developing countries use information provided by earth observing satellites and geospatial technologies for managing climate risks and land use. SERVIR empowers decision-makers with tools, products, and services to act locally on climate-sensitive issues such as disasters, agriculture, water, and ecosystems and land use. SERVIR is improving awareness, increasing access to information and supporting analysis to help people in Africa, the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH), the Lower Mekong, and Mesoamerica manage challenges in the areas of food security, water resources, land use change, and natural disasters.

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SERVIR in Afghanistan

The main objective of SERVIR activities in Afghanistan is to provide technical assistance to the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) by improving the use of technology in water resources, agriculture water use and irrigation management and decision making. The activities are aligned With Strengthening Watershed And Irrigation Management (SWIM) proposal to provide capacity building and technical assistance to improve intra-GIRoA collaboration in natural resource management and to generate useful climatic and hydrographic information, particularly water resources. ICIMOD will collaborate with the SWIM project team (once it is in place) to build synergies in these efforts.

Science Applications

Status of Glaciers in the HKH Region
The comprehensive baseline information on the glaciers of the entire HKH region have been organised by major basins and sub-basins
Land Cover Dynamics in Bhutan
Assessment and monitoring of land cover dynamics are essential for the sustainable management of natural resources, environmental protection, biodiversity conservation, and developing sustainable livelihoods, particularly...
Nepal Disaster Information Management System
Disaster Information Management System has spatial profiling of historical disaster events and impact records that can be used to draw policy relevant information.
Glacier Dynamics in Nepal Himalaya
Glaciers are repositories of information for climate change studies as they are sensitive to changes in temperature, precipitation, and at-surface solar radiation.

Capacity Building

Training and capacity building are integral parts of the SERVIR-HKH initiative. The initiative organizes trainings in the development and use of science applications for partner institutions and end users to maximize the benefit of Earth observation information and geospatial technology in the region. The initiative provides technical support and conducts customized trainings and shares opportunities according to the need of its regional partners.

Datasets

ALOS DEM of part of Samdrupjongkhar district in Bhutan

The 5m ALOS DEM was procured from NTT DATA, a company serving as first point of sale of JAXA products.

ALOS DEM of Punatsangchu valley in Bhutan

The 5m ALOS DEM was procured from NTT DATA, a company serving as first point of sale of JAXA products.

ALOS DEM of upper Chamkharchu valley in Bhutan

The 5m ALOS DEM was procured from NTT DATA, a company serving as first point of sale of JAXA products.

Glaciers in Sagarmatha National Park (SNP) Nepal

Digital polygon dataset of Glaciers in Sagarmatha National Park, SNP area. This dataset is extracted from inventory of glaciers and...

MODIS Active Fire Data of Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) Region

Compiled MODIS Active fire dataset of HKH region derived from FIRMS (Fire Information for Resource Management System). The data shows the...

Road Network of Wangchu, Bhutan

Digital line dataset of Road network of Wangchu, Bhutan. This dataset is created using topographic sheet maps at scale of 50000...

Relief of Sagarmatha National Park (SNP) Nepal

Digital polygon dataset of Relief of Sagarmatha National Park, SNP. This dataset is derived from the digital elevation model (DEM) created...

Landuse of Kathmandu Metropolitian City

Landuse(polygon) dataset of Kathmandu Metropolitian City for the Geo-visualization on emergency response in case of earthquake disaster.

Glaciers of Bhutan 2010

Digital polygon data of Glaciers of Bhutan in 2010. This dataset is created using Landsat TM and ETM+, imageries of 2010....

Glaciers of Bhutan 2000

Digital polygon data of Glaciers of Bhutan in 2000. This dataset is created using Landsat TM and ETM+, imageries of 2000....

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