New technologies and study methods allow scientists to make increasingly accurate predictions about regional weather patterns, but whether these data prove useful depends upon the ability of stakeholders to act on the information they receive.
The SERVIR program, a joint project of NASA and USAID, is named after the Spanish word meaning ÛÏto serveÛ, 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.
Google Earth benefits the Earth Observation community using satellite imagery to uncover new information regarding the worldÛªs features and landscapes. Accessing Google Earth from our home computers we can view and even plan responses to events ranging from tornadoes and tsunamis to climate change and wildfires.
In 2007, an international group of organizations launched “African Monitoring of the Environment for Sustainable Development” (AMESD). The project, which involves the European Commission, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), the Commission of the African Union, five participating African Regional Economic Communities and the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) , is focused on improving African use of Earth observation tools.
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