Water and Disasters and the Role of Real-Time Geospatial Tools for Operational Planning and Decision-Making

Background

Through a unique partnership between NASA and USAID, SERVIR-Mekong is harnessing space technology and open data to help address development challenges related to a changing climate. SERVIR-Mekong works in partnership with leading regional organizations to help the five countries in the Lower Mekong Region namely Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand and Vietnam, use information provided by Earth observing satellites and geospatial technologies to manage climate risks. Over the years, several tools and services have been developed and deployed in the Lower Mekong Region prioritizing the specific country needs in terms of real-time monitoring of sectoral issues such as disasters, agriculture, water, and ecosystems and land use. 

While the session will provide an overview of the different tools and services deployed in the region, it will also give an account of a successful case example of the Vietnam Drought Portal that has been customized for drought monitoring and forecasting in the Ninh Thuan province of the South and Central Highlands. The tool was developed jointly by SERVIR-Mekong and the Vietnam Academy of Water Resources (VAWR) whereby the Regional Hydrologic Extreme Assessment System (RHEAS) was successfully customized and implemented to produce the drought outlook/forecast for Ninh Thuan province. The drought information generated by this service have helped assist farmers to make preemptive decisions about their water use, cropping and planting patterns, and market decisions. The service has also empowered end-users to help reduce crop loss, support agricultural livelihoods, and have enabled farmers to access appropriate advisories for their crops including scheduling and harvesting.

Objectives

The objective of this session would be to highlight the different real-time geospatial tools that are available through SERVIR-Mekong in the Lower Mekong Region and how each of these tools and services are helping towards improving the operational decision-making process in the countries. It will also highlight the successful implementation of the Regional Hydrologic Extreme Assessment System (RHEAS) in Vietnam aimed at improving drought monitoring and forecasting capabilities of VAWR.

Keywords

SERVIR-Mekong, Drought Monitoring, Drought Forecast, RHEAS, Advisories

Structure

  • Keynote Session by SERVIR-Mekong (15 min.)
  • 4 Presentations each from MARD, DARD, VAWR and Ninh Thuan Representation (10 min/presentation)
  • Panel Discussion (65 min)

Hosted by

Rishiraj Dutta

Capacity Development Lead
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, Thailand
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