Geodata at the speed of global change

Often, I get sucked into helping my middle schooler with her homework. And I’ll admit that eighth grade math is even a struggle for me sometimes. But the one thing that really baffles me is that regardless of subject, there is no textbook to reference…

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GBDX for Sustainability Challenge: Creating insights for one of the most threatened regions of Brazil–the Cerrado

The effects of climate change are increasingly visible around us: hurricanes and forest fires are more frequent and floods ravage villages. Better management of land is needed to keep these effects to a minimum and holding global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius this century. Forests play a key role in balancing carbon…

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GBDX for Sustainability Challenge: Making solar count—automatically identifying renewable energy infrastructure

The power sector is the single largest contributor to global carbon dioxide emissions, contributing over 40%. Meanwhile, one in five people around the world still lacks access to modern electricity. So, when it comes to ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all (UN Sustainable Development Goal 7)…

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GBDX for Sustainability Challenge: Monitoring the quality of urban green space, from space

The ability to experience nature is paramount to human well-being. Cities are on a mission to green their urban landscapes, especially with over half of the world’s population living in cities. Yet, local governments lack proper tools to efficiently map and assess the amount, condition, and quality of parks, gardens, and other urban green space…

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