lone-herder_4-3eOsphere are pleased to be leading SIBELIUs, a new project which will deliver improved resilience for Mongolian herding communities using satellite derived services.

Some 30% of the Mongolian population is dependent on livestock herding. These herding communities can be devastated by extreme weather events known as “dzuds”, usually comprising a dry summer, adversely affecting pasture growth, followed by a cold winter with deep snow. A typical dzud can impact many tens of thousands of herders, often leaving them in extreme poverty, with associated impacts for the wider economy.

SIBELIUs will provide greater dzud-resilience for herders by developing and providing Mongolia’s National Agency for Meteorology and Environmental Monitoring with new and upgraded satellite-based environmental products and improving their capacity for distributing products to key stakeholders supporting herding communities.

SIBELIUs is supported by the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme and the project’s UK partners are: Deimos Space UK, the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment at the University of Leicester and MIRCUK.