Talk programme: Earth Science to Action: How NASA connects space to village

Date 8 May 2024 to 8 May 2024
Venue Kailash Hall, Zoom
Contact Persons Rajesh Shrestha
Type Talk programme
Programmes SERVIR-HKH

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About the programme

This talk programme will highlight NASA’s Earth observation and satellite technology, showcasing how these tools empower communities to address climate change, natural disasters, and environmental hazards. Attendees will gain insights into the remarkable advancements in space-based observations and their role in understanding our planet.

NASA’s Earth Science aims to bridge the gap between data and information and decision-makers’ ability to access and act on it promptly. NASA’s vision is to create a thriving world driven by trusted and actionable Earth science. Compelled by the rapid changes occurring on our planet, its mission is to innovate and collaborate in exploring and understanding the Earth system, make new discoveries, and enable solutions that benefit all humankind.

SERVIR is a flagship programme of NASA and US Agency for International Development (USAID) with activities in over 50 countries throughout Eastern and Southern Africa, West Africa, the Hindu Kush Himalaya, Southeast Asia, and Latin American. By providing Earth observation data, geospatial information, and tools to decision-makers in developing regions, SERVIR helps bridge the gap between available data and actionable insights.

Key speakers

Dan Irwin, SERVIR Global Program Manager, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Daniel Irwin is a research scientist at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and the Global Program Manager for SERVIR. He has over 25 years of experience in satellite remote sensing applications and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the developing world. Dan also served as a lead remote sensing specialist for NASA’s space archaeology program, with a focus on detecting ancient Maya structures. He has a master’s degree in environmental science from Miami University.

Ashutosh Limaye, SERVIR Chief Scientist, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Ashutosh Limaye leads the SERVIR Applied Sciences Team, which focuses on transitioning applied research to meet the needs of SERVIR regions. Previously, he was involved in validation experiments for remotely sensed soil moisture from ground, airborne, and space-based microwave instruments. His research interests include hydrologic modelling, mathematical optimisation, and agricultural yield estimation under changing agricultural and climatic conditions. He has a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Utah State University.


8 May 2024 | 13:30-15:30 (NPT)

Time (NPT) Topic
13:30 – 13:35 Welcome remarks

  • Birendra Bajracharya, Chief of Party, SERVIR-HKH
13:35 – 14:15 Talk programme: “Earth Science to Action: How NASA Connects Space to village”

  • Dan Irwin, SERVIR Global Program Manager, NASA MSFC
  • Ashutosh Limaye, SERVIR Chief Scientist, NASA MSFC
14:15 – 14:40 Q and A session
14:40 – 15:00 Launch of the “Prakop Alert Mobile Application” for Nepal


  • Rudra Adhikari, Deputy Director, Nepal Red Cross Society

Closing remarks

  • Izabella Koziell, Deputy Director General, ICIMOD
15:00 – 15:30 Tea break and interactions