The Geographic Information System (GIS) team under the Social Sciences Division (SSD) was presented with the 2014 Mid-year Semi-Annual Team Awards (SATA). The award was presented to the team, headed by Andrew Nelson and Tri Deri Setiyono, in recognition of their critical and timely response after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), which is an excellent example of an application of IRRI scientific expertise to real-world issues. The GIS group worked with the Philippine Department of Agriculture immediately after the typhoon struck Central Philippines in November 2013 to assess damages to rice crops using an information system the team had been developing. The innovation and cooperation displayed by the GIS Team helped improve the emergency relief response in the affected areas.
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