How EO and GIS Data are driving the Sustainable Development Goals

The real potential and importance of satellite data and Earth Observation are being noticed and witnessed in various areas of the economy and world. From helping lift up communities to hyper-accelerated industrial growth- it's contributed to all. 

How EO and GIS Data are driving the Sustainable Development Goals
How EO and GIS Data are driving the Sustainable Development Goals

How EO and GIS Data are driving the Sustainable Development Goals

The development of the human race is mostly dependent on how we evolve as a species. While the demand for satellite imagery and GIS Data soars, we see the Earth Observation market grow leaps and bounds towards what we call the "space race 2.0". 

The real potential and importance of satellite data and Earth Observation are being noticed and witnessed in various areas of the economy and world. From helping lift up communities to hyper-accelerated industrial growth- it's contributed to all. 

It has been able to not only certain areas of concern like poverty, but it has also helped to robustly develop, control, and build certain industries that are fully GIS-data dependent. 

An asset to development, GIS data has supported the Sustainable Development agenda in many ways. As said by Gary Watmough, a geospatial researcher at the University of Edinburgh"The use of satellite images makes it much cheaper to keep track of how far we are in reaching the United Nations' goals for sustainable development."

Geospatial data has revolutionised the world of business. It has enabled structured growth and development of economies. The multi-billion-dollar industry is rapidly growing larger with many industries becoming high-resolution data-dependent. The data now has capital demand. 

Here are a few sectors that have benefitted:

  • Infrastructure- The construction and development of infrastructure, especially public utilities globally, have benefitted from GIS data. It has helped estimate projects, manage and control budgets and even find setbacks. 

  • Agriculture- GIS data has helped advocate the concept of precision farming, estimate crop yields, control diseases, and even monitor large lands. These have contributed to a higher growth rate, better returns for farmers, and an overall improved face of agriculture.

  • Disaster Management- GIS Data helps create elaborate contingency plans, helps first responders prepare for various disasters and even assists in finding areas under threat in advance. It has helped protect life and property in many instances.
  • Sustainability- EO data and satellite imagery have helped in sustainability by helping optimise energy, output, forests, and infrastructure as well. These sectors have largely relied on geospatial data for their key development.
  • Environmental Monitoring- Climate change, carbon footprint, deforestation and oil extraction can be monitored, assessed, and controlled with the help of GIS data. Not only does it help to track the impact, but it also helps to control consequences. 

In conclusion, GIS data is not only pivotal to sustainable development and global growth, but it is also helping drive the development of the human race. 

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