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The synergistic convergence of geospatial technologies with mainstream information technology in the past few years has resulted in many applications that have influenced the lives of common people.
At a glance
Significantly contribute to effective evidence-based decision-making processes by governments, communities, and individuals using scientific data, Earth observation information, and geospatial technologies in the areas of agriculture, environment, natural resources, and climate change.
Ad Interim Regional Programme Manager
There is widespread penetration of smart mobile devices even in rural areas and many applications integrate location-based information.
Agriculture advisory services, weather information, and navigation services are just a few examples that seamlessly integrate various spatial and non-spatial information to generate desired services for users. Similarly, there has been exponential growth in Earth observation (EO) applications with LandSat from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Sentinel satellite data from the European Space Agency (ESA).
Both systems are freely accessible while commercial satellite companies are providing opportunities to capture multi-source high spatial and temporal satellite images from any part of the Earth. Easy access to EO information has made scientific and consistent monitoring of phenomena possible like never before.
The implementation of three initiatives – SERVIR-HKH, Regional Database System (RDS), and Climate Services – within the MENRIS Programme has helped us build capacities in adopting many new technologies and contextualizing them to the needs in the region.
Experts working within the SERVIR-HKH Initiative at ICIMOD investigated the 2018 Panjshir flood using remotely sensed imagery in Afghanistan.
The problems facing the people and mountains of the HKH aren’t just solved with brilliant theories. They are solved by having a hands-on understanding of the challenges of the region, and a truly holistic approach that places as much emphasis on implementation as it does on understanding.
Events around the HKH
SERVIR-HKH is an initiative under MENRIS catering to the specific needs of our RMCs in addressing different aspects of environmental degradation and climate change impacts. SERVIR-HKH strengthens us to better work with national institutions in the region.
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