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Gretchen Cook-Anderson
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-0836)

Stephen J. Posivak
U.S. Embassy, Panama
(Phone: 507/207-7000)

Jan. 31, 2005
NASA Research Supports Environmental Management in Mesoamerica
NASA and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) joined with other U.S. and Central American partners to launch an innovative, Web-based, environmental management system. NASA is supporting the system with USAID; the World Bank; the Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean (CATHALAC); the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD); the City of Knowledge, Panama; and Cable & Wireless Panama.

WHAT: Inauguration and demonstration of the Regional Monitoring and Visualization System for Mesoamerica (SERVIR). It is a mapping and visualization system using satellite imagery and other data for environmental management and disaster support. It enables scientists, educators and policy makers to monitor and forecast ecological changes and respond to disasters. SERVIR provides user-friendly, free interactive on-line tools. SERVIR is the initial Mesoamerican contribution to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems.

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 3 at 4 p.m. EST.

WHERE: CATHALAC, Edificio 801, Cuidad del Saber (Clayton), Panama

WHO: NASA's Deputy Associate Administrator for Science, Dr. Ghassem Asrar; Dr. Tom Sever, SERVIR Principal Investigator; and Daniel Irwin, SERVIR Project Manager. The Honorable Linda E. Watt, U.S. Ambassador to Panama; Emilio Sempris, Director of CATHALAC; representatives from USAID, World Bank, City of Knowledge and CCAD.

TO ATTEND: News media should contact Emilio Sempris at CATHALAC at: 507/317-0111 no later than 5 p.m. EST, Tuesday, Feb. 1.

For more information about SERVIR on the Internet, visit:


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