Innovate is fulfilling the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) continuing requirement for science, engineering, and technical support necessary to assist the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. This contract features 50 Innovate! on-site employees at the EROS facility located near Sioux Falls, SD. Under this contract, Innovate supports the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), a leading provider of early warning and analysis on acute food insecurity. Created in 1985 by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) after devastating famines in East and West Africa, FEWS NET provides objective, evidence-based analysis to help government decision-makers and relief agencies plan for, and respond to, humanitarian crises. We support the production of forward-looking reports on more than 36 of the world’s most food-insecure countries including:  Senegal, Mali, and Niger in West Africa.


Innovate supports the overall management and operation of the FEWS NET web initiative, which acquires remote sensing satellite data to monitor the Earth’s surface and create derivative imagery. This information forms geospatial datasets that characterize various aspects of the environment to forecast their impact to communities. Our FEWS support includes web development and PC application development.  The bulk of the web development is for the Africa Data Dissemination Service (ADDS).   The ADDS is the primary means for data dissemination for the FEWS project.  It focuses on all Africa-related data that are delivered from the EROS Center.   There are five data managers that Innovate FEWS developers support and continue to maintain.  Each collects specific data and performs data analysis by creating charts and graphs for the user.

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U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS)