IHE Delft’s PhD fellow working with the NASA SERVIR-Mekong programme to improve flood forecasting

Lower Mekong countries suffer from the effects of seasonal flooding and flash flooding caused by monsoon rains and tropical storms. Regional and national level organizations and agencies require a range of information, forecasts, and decision-support tools to better prepare for, monitor, issue warnings, and respond to flood risk.

A joint initiative between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), aims to support the government of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Thailand, and Myanmar, as well as regional institutions and other key stakeholders in Lower Mekong countries, to utilize publicly available satellite imagery and geospatial tools, to improve environmental management and help build greater resilience to the negative effects of climate change.

This particular project with the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat was made possible through the support of IHE Delft’s PhD fellow Miguel Angel Laverde Barajas, who has been interning with Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) and working closely with SERVIR-Mekong scientists on the service for the MRC Secretariat since January 2019.

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