Remote Sensing for Monitoring Land Degradation and Sustainable Cities Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) [Advanced]

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an urgent call for action by countries to preserve our oceans and forests, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth. The land management SDGs call for consistent tracking of land cover metrics. These metrics include productivity, land cover, soil carbon, urban expansion, and more. This webinar series will highlight a tool that uses NASA Earth Observations to track land degradation and urban development that meet the appropriate SDG targets. 

SDGs 11 and 15 relate to sustainable urbanization and land use and cover change. SDG 11 aims to "make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable." SDG 15 aims to "combat desertification, drought, and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation neutral world." To assess progress towards these goals, indicators have been established, many of which can be monitored using remote sensing. 

In this training, attendees will learn to use a freely-available QGIS plugin, Trends.Earth, created by Conservation International (CI) and have special guest speakers from the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and UN Habitat. Trends.Earth allows users to plot time series of key land change indicators. Attendees will learn to produce maps and figures to support monitoring and reporting on land degradation, improvement, and urbanization for SDG indicators 15.3.1 and 11.3.1. Each part of the webinar series will feature a presentation, hands-on exercise, and time for the speaker to answer live questions. 

Learning Objectives: By the end of this training, attendees will: 

  • Become familiar with SDG Indicators 15.3.1 and 11.3.1
  • Understand the basics on how to compute sub indicators of SDG 15.3.1 such as: productivity, land cover, and soil carbon 
  • Understand how to use the Trends.Earth Urban Mapper web interface
  • Learn the basics of the Trends.Earth toolkit including: 
    • Plotting time series 
    • Downloading data
    • Use default or custom data for productivity, land cover, and soil organic carbon
    • Calculate a SDG 15.3.1 spatial layers and summary table 
    • Calculate urban change metrics
    • Create urban change summary tables

Course Format: This training has been developed in partnership with Conservation International, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and UN Habitat. 

  • Three, 1.5-hour sessions that include lectures, hands-on exercises, and a question and answer session
  • The first session will be broadcast in English, and the second session will contain the same content, broadcast in Spanish (see separate record for Spanish version at:  https://dmtclearinghouse.esipfed.org/node/10935 

​Prerequisites: 

Each part of 3 includes links to the recordings, presentation slides, exercises and Question & Answer Transcripts.   

Authoring Person(s) Name: 
Brock Blevins
Authoring Organization(s) Name: 
NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET)
License - link to legal statement specifying the copyright status of the learning resource: 
Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic - CC BY 2.0
Access Cost: 
No fee
Primary language(s) in which the learning resource was originally published or made available: 
English
Also available in - other languages in which the learning resource has been translated or made available other than the primary: 
Spanish
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Keywords - short phrases describing what the learning resource is about: 
Agriculture data
Capacity building
Conservation
Data access
Environmental management
Geographic Information System (GIS)
Land management
Open access
Remote sensing
Satellite imagery
Sustainable cities
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Subject Discipline - subject domain(s) toward which the learning resource is targeted: 
Education: Science and Mathematics Education
Physical Sciences and Mathematics: Earth Sciences
Physical Sciences and Mathematics: Environmental Sciences
Published / Broadcast: 
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Publisher - organization credited with publishing or broadcasting the learning resource: 
NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET)
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Interactive Resource - requires a user to take action or make a request in order for the content to be understood, executed or experienced.
Contributor Name: 
Name: 
Amber McCullum
Type: 
Co-presenter
Contributor Organization(s): 
Name: 
Conservation International
Type: 
Collaborator
Name: 
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
Type: 
Collaborator
Name: 
UN Habitat
Type: 
Collaborator
Contact Person(s): 
Brock Blevins
Contact Organization(s): 
NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET)
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Professional Development - increasing knowledge and capabilities related to managing the data produced, used or re-used, curated and/or archived.
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Learning Activity - guided or unguided activity engaged in by a learner to acquire skills, concepts, or knowledge that may or may not be defined by a lesson. Examples: data exercises, data recipes.
Target Audience - intended audience for which the learning resource was created: 
Citizen scientist
Data manager
Data policymaker
Early-career research scientist
Mid-career research scientist
Research scientist
Technology expert group
Intended time to complete - approximate amount of time the average student will take to complete the learning resource: 
More than 1 hour (but less than 1 day)