6th EARSeL Workshop on Developing Countries "Earth Observation and the Global South"

Developing Countries SIG Chairs
Monika Kuffer, University of Twente, ITC, Enschede, The Netherlands (SIG Chairs Developing Countries) and Stefanos Georganos Division of Geoinformatics, KTH, Stockholm.

Date:14 September, 2022

Workshop's Summary
Rapid transformation processes occur in the Global South, impacting natural habitats, rural, peri-urban and urban areas. In particular, low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) have accelerated economic growth combined with rapid conversion of natural habitats. The newly emerging human settlements exhibit varying degrees of inequalities in terms of access to basic infrastructure and essential services. Moreover, local environmental conditions can have severe impacts on living conditions and health outcomes. To adequately monitor these transformation processes, timely and spatially disaggregated data are essential but often not available. Earth Observation (EO) data can provide immense opportunities for monitoring these transformations, but several challenges, pertaining to their use, need to be tackled. First, EO data need to be provided with sufficient spatial and temporal granularity. Second, the development of innovative, transferable and scalable mapping approaches both with respect to the methods and data are imperative. Third, FAIR (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reusability) data standards are important to support easy access and exchange of data and methods. The thematic workshop will allow researchers to exchange on state-of-the-art EO methods to analyse transformation processes in the Global South (e.g., environmental risk, hazards, urbanisation, demographic and socio-economic conditions, conservation, agriculture), while enabling their integration for evidence-based policy making (e.g., SDGs). As technologies, available data, and computing power rapidly evolve, new opportunities are emerging to co-create and integrate data (e.g., citizen science). We must ensure that these approaches are inclusive, result in benefits to all stakeholders, and that we have mitigated unintended consequences for the most vulnerable populations.

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Scientific Committee

Contact details:
Monika Kuffer
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente
Phone : +31 (0)53 4874301
E-mail: m.kuffer@utwente.nl
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Stefanos Georganos
Division of Geoinformatics, KTH, Stockholm
E-mail: stegeo@kth.se
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You can find more information about the EARSeL Specialist Interest Group Developing Countries here.