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New monitoring in the Himalayas could save lives

When disaster strikes, as it did this summer in Pakistan, knowing where to focus rescue and relief efforts is critical to saving lives. But when such disasters occur, information systems can be among the first casualties. An initiative launched today in Kathmandu is intended to help:  SERVIR is a new regional satellite observation, monitoring and visualisation system that uses NASA technologies to improve access to information for scientists, researchers, governments and the general public.

Similar systems in Africa and Central America have already demonstrated their value in disaster management. During tropical storm Agatha in May, for instance, SERVIR allowed rescue efforts to be directed towards hard hit communities in remote mountain areas in Guatemala and Southern Mexico.

Over the coming months, the Himalayan system will be customised to provide data on the observation of glaciers, transboundary air quality and disaster monitoring. It will integrate the disaster monitoring work that the Kathmandu based organisation ICIMOD (International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development) started in response to the Pakistan flood disaster earlier this year, providing local disaster relief and rescue teams with daily updates of flooded areas.

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军事用途

好是好,难道没人担心军事的问题嘛?你看啊,每年都有打着人道主义援助的幌子搞的军事演习。灾难嘛,就和战争一样,恐怕一时半会儿,幸福还不会从天降到喜马拉雅山的另一边,让我们祈祷吧。

Military use

It's good, but is no one concerned about military issues? You see, every year there are military exercises with the guise of humanitarian aid. Natural disasters are similar to wars in that they last for a short time and happiness will not just fall from the sky to the other side of the Himalaya mountains. Let us pray.