Bogota, D.C; March 7, 2022. With the participation of the United States Agency for International Development – USAID, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration – NASA, a new Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies – Ideam from Colombia, and the Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture – CIAT.
This articulated effort will use hydrometeorological data tools for earth observation to monitor risks of floods and extreme hydrological events. The collaboration will also include the characterization and prevention of fires in the biome and basin of the Colombian Amazon.
The director general of Ideam, Yolanda González, highlighted the joint effort with USAID, NASA and the Alliance Bioversity-CIAT under the SERVIR-Amazon program. “It is a great challenge to foresee, monitor and prevent forest fires, suddenly increasing river levels or avalanches and analyze the behavior of our rivers,” she said.