An ongoing effort to link universities and academic institutions in the region between them as well as with their counterparts in the United States.
The Academic Partner Network (APN) of SERVIR-Amazonia is an ongoing effort to link universities and academic institutions in the region between them as well as with their counterparts in the United States. Academic partners are joining SERVIR-Amazonia based on their capacity and interests to contribute to the Program, having either a need for capacity development or the ability to contribute specific approaches, and having a clear commitment to increasing their use of geospatial products and services for improved decision-making in the Amazon.
With the Academic Partner Network we aim to:
- Support the co-development of geospatial services under the Program
- Improve geospatial education through curriculum development
- Develop a regional pipeline of geospatial experts and events
- Contribute to the development of an applied geospatial research network for long-term sustainability of the Amazonia
APN members are able to access NASA and SERVIR-Amazonia networks of researchers and have the opportunity to: (i) collaborate in research; (ii) participate in technical trainings/workshops; (iii) tailor graduate studies (MSc and PhD) and connect with graduate schools within the network; (iv) access online material such as literature, webinars, tutorial, etc.
APN members are expected to promote the Program activities within their institution, possibly recruiting students and researchers to contribute to the collective effort. As the Program evolves, APN members might be invited to collaborate in the co-development of services in the Program thematic areas: Ecosystem Management, Drought and Fire Risk, Water Resources Management and Hydro-climatic Disasters and Weather and Climate.
During the first year of Program implementation, SERVIR-Amazonia trained more than 100 professionals in geospatial technologies, mostly in Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR). 28 trainees came from 13 universities and 4 of the 6 target countries (Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Guyana). Eight universities from 4 countries have been actively involved in the co-design of geospatial services.Lou Verchot
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