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Elective Course
6 credits


Geospatial data for sustainable development

This course is designed to introduce applications of geospatial data in local and global sustainable development. The course will focus on some specific United Nation’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) that geospatial data have addressed, including SDG 1 (Zero hunger), SDG 2 (No poverty), SDG 13 (Climate action), SDG 14 (Life below water) and SDG 15 (Life on land). Popular geospatial data initiatives that greatly support sustainable development including Global Forest Watch, Global Fishing Watch, global near-real-time Carbon Monitor will also be introduced. Students will learn about how geospatial data, in particular remote sensing based Earth Observation (EO) data, can fulfill SDGs needs for SDG progress monitoring and interaction analysis.

Assessment: 100% coursework

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