NASA Participating in Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks 2022

On May 10, NASA Earth Applied Sciences Disasters Program Manager, Dr. Shanna McClain, will be speaking at the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW). HNPW is an annual conference that encourages collaboration among humanitarian stakeholders. The conference allows a variety of organizations to combine their experience, tools, and resources for a more comprehensive approach to crisis management.

The extensive event spans 18 days with more than 200 remote, hybrid, or in-person sessions. Dr. McClain will be a speaker for the remote session, “Bridging the gap through partnership: from global to local data for anticipatory action.” This session, supported by Anticipation Hub, will address the importance of shifting control towards data creators and users that are closer to local communities before a crisis occurs. NASA’s Disasters’ participation in the Anticipation Hub aligns with the program area’s goal to promote the use and utility of Earth observations and applied research to develop sustainable disaster resilience in vulnerable communities. The HNPW session has three major objectives:

  • Present the current gap in data needs for anticipatory action,
  • Highlight regional examples of partnerships around data for anticipatory action,
  • Reflect on the priorities to bridge global and local data, and challenge international agencies about what they can do

Through partnerships and collaboration, organizations can work together to solve some of the most pressing humanitarian issues today.

Learn more about Dr. McClain here: Six Questions with Disasters Program Manager, Shanna McClain


Humanitarian efforts underway at a donation center at the Mayfield-Graves County Fairgrounds in Mayfield, Kentucky on Dec. 13, 2021 after a series of tornadoes devastated the region. Credits: Timothy “Seph” Allen, NASA Disasters