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The SERVIR Project: Serving international communities with critical Earth observation data

The SERVIR program, a joint project of NASA and USAID, is named after the Spanish word meaning “to serve”, and it is doing exactly that; it provides web-based satellite images and other data to scientists, environmental managers, and decision makers.

With this data being made ready and available, policy choices can be made regarding climate change, biodiversity, flooding, forest fires, and storms by addressing the variability of these issues.

On April 25, 2011, NASA’s administrator Charles Bolden and USAID’s administrator Rajiv Shah met to agree on a 5 year memorandum of understanding to address and assist global disasters primarily in Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, and the Himalayas.