Environmental Management Tools
In collaboration with USAID, NASA, the University of Colorado, and CATHALAC, IAGT developed the Climate Mapper tool for SERVIR. The Climate Mapper makes the results of climate change models accessible to a broad user community. With the Climate Mapper, users can assess climate change projections for the 2030s and 2050s against 3D visualizations of landscape. The goal is to enhance vulnerability assessments as development planners consider adaptation strategies for projects.
The Climate Mapper data are currently available for Africa for 0.5° x 0.5° grid cells, or roughly 50km x 50km near the equator. The Mapper will soon expand to cover the entire globe. The Climate Mapper presents historical temperature and precipitation for the base period (1961-1990). These data are taken from the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit (CRU) database of monthly climate observations from meteorological stations and interpolated onto a 0.5° grid covering the global land surface.
This Climate Mapper Plug-in is currently a beta or trial release. We welcome comments on the tool’s usability, the interface, and thoughts on the data we are making available. We will try to incorporate suggestions into updates to the Plug-in. We also welcome suggestions for additional datasets for the Climate Mapper to facilitate development and adaptation, or suggestions for additional plug-ins for SERVIR Viz.
Download the Climate Mapper
IAGT collaborated with USAID and the International Research Institute (IRI) for Climate and Society at Columbia University to develop the IRI tool to display current desert locust monitoring and malaria risk analyses.
The IRI uses MODIS reflectance and daily precipitation estimates data for measuring suitability of vegetation conditions for desert locust breeding.
The IRI Tool is now included as part of the SERVIR Viz installation package.
Coral Reef Watch Toolbar
The Coral Reef Watch Toolbar was developed to more easily import Coral Reef Watch data into a GIS environment. Sea surface temperature, anomalies, bleaching hotspots, and degree heating week data are processed and made available daily in HDF format. HDF is not easily viewed with common GIS platforms, and therefore not easy to integrate into GIS applications. The Coral Reef Watch Toolbar provides a simple one-click utility that converts from HDF format to more common IMG, TIFF or ESRI Grids, making them available for GIS applications such as ArcGIS, Google Maps, Google Earth, and SERVIR Viz.
Download the Coral Reef Watch Toolbar