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Translation of Earth Observation data into Sustainable Development Indicators: an analytical framework.

Andries, Ana, Morse, Stephen, Murphy, Richard, Lynch, James, Woolliams, Emma and Fonweban, John (2019) Translation of Earth Observation data into Sustainable Development Indicators: an analytical framework. Sustainable Development, 27 (3). pp. 366-376.

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Abstract

In 2015, member countries of the United Nations adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the Sustainable Development Summit in New York. These global goals have 169 targets and 232 indicators which are based on the three pillars of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental. Substantial challenges remain in obtaining data of the required quality, especially in developing countries, given the often limited resources available. One promising and innovative way of addressing this issue of data availability is to use Earth Observation (EO). This paper presents the results of research to develop a novel analytical framework for assessing the potential of EO approaches to populate the SDG indicators. We present a Maturity Matrix Framework (MMF) and apply it to all of the 232 SDG indicators. The results demonstrate that while the applicability of EO-derived data does vary between the SDG indicators, overall, EO has an important contribution to make towards populating a wide diversity of the SDG indicators.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Centre for Environment and Sustainability
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Andries, Anaa.andries@surrey.ac.uk
Morse, StephenS.Morse@surrey.ac.uk
Murphy, Richardrj.murphy@surrey.ac.uk
Lynch, JamesJ.Lynch@surrey.ac.uk
Woolliams, Emma
Fonweban, John
Date : May 2019
Funders : NERC (Natural Environment Research Council )
DOI : 10.1002/sd.1908
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, providedthe original work is properly cited. © 2018 The Authors. Sustainable Development published by ERP Environment and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Earth Observation (EO), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), indicators, socio-economic
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 31 Oct 2018 15:20
Last Modified : 30 Aug 2019 15:16
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/849810

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