SERVIR connects space to villages by generating geospatial information, including Earth observation data from satellites, geographic information systems, and predictive models useful to developing countries. SERVIR is a joint development initiative of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), working in partnership with leading regional organizations around the globe. SERVIR helps those most in need of tools for managing climate risks and land use. SERVIR’s activities in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region are implemented by ICIMOD under the flagship of SERVIR-Himalaya. 

With an overarching goal to improve environmental management and resilience to climate change, SERVIR‐Himalaya has been able to augment the capacity of ICIMOD as a regional resource centre to integrate earth observation and geospatial technologies for improved developmental decision making in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region.

SERVIR-Himalaya draws upon the professional, technological, and entrepreneurial expertise of different SERVIR hubs.


  • Strengthen the ability of governments and other development stakeholders to incorporate Earth observations and geospatial technology into decision making
  • Advance free and open information sharing through national and regional platforms and collaborations
  • Develop innovative, user-tailored analyses, decision-support products, and trainings that advance scientific understanding and deliver information to those who need it

Geographical coverage

What is SERVIR?



Comprehensive baseline information on the glaciers of the HKH region using Landsat 7 ETM+ images of 2005 +/- 3 years with minimum cloud and snow coverage.
Land cover classification of Nepal has been prepared from 30m Landsat TM data for the year of 2010. 
In order to monitor changes in the glaciers in the Bhutan Himalayas, a repeat decadal glacier inventory was carried out from Landsat images of 1977/78(1980), 1990, 2000, and 2010

Comprehensive glacier inventory and status of the entire Hindu Kush Himalayan region


Statistics on the harmonised land cover database of Bhutan for 1990, 2000 and 2010