Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Fifth National Climate Assessment - Read the Report

NASA-USAID SERVIR program improves drought monitoring and forecasting in the Lower Mekong Region

SERVIR is a joint initiative of NASA and USAID, collaborating with global partners to use satellite-based Earth observation data to support weather and climate resilience, agriculture and food security, water security, ecosystem and carbon management, and air quality and health. In 2022, in the Southeast Asia region, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat adopted SERVIR drought and flood forecasting methodologies to improve the ability of the five Lower Mekong countries—Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam—to monitor and manage climate risks. SERVIR tools and services give policymakers access to better data to implement and adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change. MRC helps local governments and the agricultural sector with seasonal drought forecasting and in implementing short and long-term mitigation measures during and in advance of droughts. SERVIR worked with MRC to develop drought assessment methodologies that use satellite datasets and seasonal forecasts. These datasets help the MRC convey the drought forecast severity to the member countries, with the aim of developing a timely response to drought conditions.