Open Earth Monitor — Global Workshop 2023

SDGs-EYES: Strengthening the Monitoring of Sustainable Development Goals through Copernicus Programme
2023-10-06, 15:35–15:40, Poster presentation

The United Nations (UN) 2030 Agenda aims at promoting sustainable development at environmental, social and economic level. The definition of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and of the associated Global Indicator Framework represent a data-driven effort, helping countries in evidence-based decision-making and policies. SDG indicators’ monitoring and reporting across countries can benefit from substantial use of Earth Observation (EO), including satellite and in-situ networks, and of their processing through data analytics and numerical modeling approaches, making the 2030 Agenda implementation robust, viable and faster, both technically and financially.

This talk introduces SDGs-EYES, a major new European initiative aiming at boosting the European capacity for monitoring the UN SDGs. SDGs-EYES addresses current gaps in the UN SDGs monitoring by exploiting data and information coming from the European Copernicus Programme and by providing a scientific and technological platform for building indicators through the integration of EO data, advanced numerical modeling, data analytics and Machine Learning approaches. Furthemore, SDGs-EYES aims to build a portfolio of decision-making products and services for the assessment and monitoring of SDG indicators whose trends could impact the environment and the society from an inter-sectoral perspective, aligning with the EU Green Deal priorities and challenges.

The SDGs-EYES scientific approach and framework are introduced and described with particular reference to three interconnected SDGs, specifically on climate (SDG13), ocean (SDG14) and land (SDG15). These SDGs are mostly focused on the biosphere as foundation of prosperity, development and co-benefits in the society and economy, but also relevant due to their nexus with additional SDGs, targets and indicators related to socio-economic and (geo)political factors (e.g., human health, environmental crimes, water and food insecurity, poverty, conflicts, displacements, migrations).
Five Pilots (encompassing EU and extra-EU regions) will be used to demonstrate and validate the SDGs-EYES approach and results, that is application-oriented scientific products, technological solutions and user-tailored services.

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With a PhD in Computer Science and System Engineering from the University of Calabria (Italy), Marco’s expertise includes data management and analytics, cloud and edge computing, container orchestration, IoT, and HPC. He actually combines his work as Senior Scientist at the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC) with his role as Senior Cloud Solutions Architect at OpenNebula Systems. Marco leads the activities of Data Platform and Services within the Advanced Scientific Computing Division at CMCC, with focus on the research and development of innovative ICT digital platforms to support operational environments and ecosystems in different sectors (agriculture, climate, disaster risk reduction, wildfire management, etc.). He plays a key role in a number of high-profile European and National R&D projects - SDGs-EYES, SILVANUS, EO4EU, COGNIT, SEBASTIEN, AGREED, AGRITECH - and also contributes with his technical skills and knowledge on Kubernetes and container technologies to both the IPCEI-CIS and the SovereignEdge.EU initiative.

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