Views from space of our planet from satellite images and data provide scientists and policymakers with the information that can help us all better understand and protect our environment. Applications of this Earth Observation (EO) data include monitoring the air, seas and land; providing weather reports and models; and supplying relief agencies with data before and after disasters strike. Our CSEOL goal is to expand collective impact by exploring how different groups of people – scientists, innovators and civil society – can work creatively with EO data, and also use new technologies (including drones and AI), to identify, address and communicate about the Earth’s complex problems.
Opening up big sets of data to people with new ideas drives innovation. Entrepreneurs are already making cool tools based on gathering and validating, or combining and reusing data. Decision-makers can use specialised mapping and monitoring tools to help to combat critical challenges facing different countries. Have a look at this video to see what other people are doing.