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Welcome to GRID Sioux Falls

The North American node of UNEP's Global Resource Information Database (GRID), designated as GRID-Sioux Falls, is located at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center of the United States Geological Survey in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA. GRID-Sioux Falls has been operational since 1991 and functions as a partnership between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

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Current GEAS

Thematic Focus: Environmental Governance

Emerging Technologies: Smarter ways to fight wildlife crime

To keep pace with the "war on wildlife", conservation and law enforcement communities have started to adopt cutting-edge military tools and techniques.

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Video: UNEPLIVE - World Environment Day 2013

This spectacular video created by Bella Gaia, in cooperation with UNEP, shows environmental issues occurring around the world within the last few decades.

  • GEAS Emerging Issues 2013

    Emerging Environmental Issues 2013

    This 2013 Emerging Environmental Issues publication presents the 12 monthly GEAS bulletins in a single document, allowing readers to note and assess significant environmentalevents that took place that year.

  • Kigali SOE

    Kigali: State of Environment and Outlook Report 2013

    Kigali is home to 10.8 percent of Rwanda’s total population (one million people) and is one of Africa's fastest- growing cities. With this success comes challenges that include inadequate water and energy infrastructures, liquid and solid waste management, air and water pollution as well as unsustainable production and consumption lifestyles.

  • Arab Atlas

    Arab Region Atlas of Our Changing Environment

    This Arab Region Atlas of Our Changing Environment uses evocative imagery and informative descriptions to tell a story of prominent environmental change across 22 Arab countries over the last 50 years. While this atlas documents the commonalities shared by these nations, it also highlights the unique challenges each country faces in the 21st century.

  • Kenya Wetlands

    Kenya Wetlands Atlas

    Complete with up-to-date maps, recent and historical satellite images, ground photographs, data tables, graphs and compelling storylines, the Kenya Wetlands Atlas provides a vivid depiction of the state of Kenya's wetlands.

  • Lake Turkana

    Ethiopia's Gibe III Dam: its potential impact on Lake Turkana water levels

    This assessment study uses multiple sources of data to study the potential hydrological impact of the Gibe III dam in Ethiopia on Lake Turkana water levels.

  • REMA Atlas

    Atlas of Rwanda's Changing Environment — Implications for Climate Change Resilience

    The Atlas of Rwanda's Changing Environment is a visual account of Rwanda's state of natural resources revealed through maps, current and historical satellite images, aerial and ground photographs as well as narrative based on extensive scientific evidence.

  • Early Warning Systems—A State of the Art Analysis and Future Directions

    Early Warning Systems—A State of the Art Analysis and Future Directions

    At a time of global changes, the world is striving to face and adapt to alteration. A global multi-hazard early warning system is needed to inform us of pending threats. This report presents an assessment of existing monitoring/early warning systems (EWS) and identifies current gaps and needs for developing a global multi-hazard early warning system.

Upcoming Events

Conference: UNEA Meeting 2014: Nairobi, Kenya — 23 – 27 June 2014

Conference: ESRI User Conference: San Diego, CA USA — 14-18 July 2014

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Tekezé Dam


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