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Desert Locust Information Service (Rome)
The Desert Locust Information Service (DLIS) at FAO Headquarters (Rome, Italy)

Questionnaire on DLIS and tools for locust information officers
Using SurveyMonkey, an online questionnaire was completed by national locust information officers regarding DLIS and the tools used for Desert Locust management in 2016 and 2012. The results presented here will be used to improve DLIS products and services to locust-affected countries.

Drones for locust early warning & preventive control
The rapidly emerging drone technology may offer potential efficiencies and benefits for locust early warning and preventive control. DLIS is actively investigating this new technology with a variety of partners.

Early warning success
There are several basic components that are required for any early warning system to be effective and reliable

eLocust3: updated field data entry & transmission
The latest updated version that replaces eLocust2, the handheld device used by national field officers during survey and control operations in countries affected by the Desert Locust

eLocust2: field data entry & transmission
Handheld device for locust officers to record survey and control results in the field and transmit them via satellite to their National Locust Centres

Google Earth Engine
Innovative Google technology and free new tools: Google Earth Pro, My Maps (share simple interactive maps without Google Earth), Fusion Tables (share geo-referenced data on a map), and Google Earth Engine (rapid remote sensing imagery display and analysis), already used by FAO Forestry and being extended for Desert Locust

MODIS-derived greenness maps to better monitor Desert Locust habitats
A dynamic map that shows where vegetation is present in the desert and how long it has been green

RAMSESv4: custom GIS for locust-affected countries
Custom GIS to be used by national Desert Locust information officers in locust-affected countries to manage and analyze data

Satellites for locust early warning
Satellite use for forecasting: overview & current progress

Seasonal weather predictions in Desert Locust forecasting
Using six-month rainfall and temperature predictions to forecast locust developments

Training National Locust Information Officers
FAO conducts an 11-month training programme in DLIS for national Locust Information Officers