Benefiting from Earth Observation:
Bridging the Data Gap for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan
In 2010, in a move that is furthering GEOSS in action, the US Agency for International
Development (USAID) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
partnered with ICIMOD to establish SERVIR-Himalaya--the third regional SERVIR node.
SERVIR (meaning “to serve” in Spanish) integrates satellite observations and predictive
models with other geographic information (sensor and field-based) to monitor and
forecast ecological changes and respond to extreme events. The SERVIR-Himalaya initiative
is augmenting ICIMOD’s analytical expertise, data management, and training capability,
as well as increasing ICIMOD’s delivery of satellite imagery and decision support
tools to improve environmental decision-making in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya (HKH)
region. Stakeholders for this information platform will range from decision-makers
at the regional level addressing trans-boundary issues, to national governments,
scientists, students, the general public, USAID, other donors, and development practitioners
working in the region.