Session 1 Uses of Earth Observations and Geospatial Information to Support Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals

Monday, 23 January 2017: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
613 (Washington State Convention Center )
Host: 12th Symposium on Societal Applications: Policy, Research and Practice
Lawrence Friedl, NASA, NASA Earth Science Division, Washington, DC

In 2015 the United Nations adopted Agenda 2030, a global development agenda as a blueprint for progress on economic, social and environmental sustainability. Seventeen Goals and associated Targets and Indicators anchor this 2030 Agenda. And, there is a specific provision for the use of Earth observations and geospatial information to support countries’ and stakeholders’ progress on the Goals. How will the AMS and Earth science community support the use of its data, knowledge, models, and information products to contribute to achieving the Goals? And how will Earth science data interact with and integrate with other data types that are needed to address the Agenda 2030 challenges? There is a strong need for ideas and specific examples of how Earth science and observations can address specific Goals, Targets, and Indicators. There are near-term efforts (e.g., the Group on Earth Observations) to develop sound methods and solutions that countries and stakeholders can use in their planning, tracking, and reporting on the Goals. Strong examples are a key start in developing these sound methods and solutions. This session invites submissions of examples and proposed methods for the use of Earth science (data, models, etc.) for specific Goals, Targets, and/or Indicators.

11:15 AM
NASA Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite-2 Applications in the Context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Sabrina Delgado Arias, NASA-GSFC/Science Systems and Applications, Inc., Greenbelt, MD; and V. M. Escobar, M. E. Brown, T. Neumann, M. F. Jasinski, and F. Policelli

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