In an instant, climate shocks like floods and storms can devastate communities, damaging farmland and infrastructure and wiping out years of hard-won progress.
One of the best tools to confront this global challenge is satellite data. That is why USAID partnered with NASA in 2005 to create SERVIR. The project combines data from Earth-observing satellites, ground-based systems and geospatial technology to provide weather forecasts and analysis to local farmers, enabling them to take action before a crisis strikes.
In West Africa, SERVIR uses satellite data to inform pastoralists through local radio where to locate water for livestock during the dry season. In Nepal, a 48-hour flash-flood bulletin affords a potentially lifesaving early warning system. In Honduras, water flow forecasts from SERVIR mitigated the devastating impact of back-to-back Hurricanes Iota and Eta in 2020 by providing real-time information so a major hydroelectric dam could safely manage stormwater, preventing even greater flood damage in the region.