Parallel Session : Digital Silk Road and International Partnerships

"Digital Belt and Road: Using Big Earth Data for Sustainable Development"


The session will focus on demonstrating and fostering the use of big data on Earth observations in support of environmental monitoring, promoting data sharing and policy-making support in the Belt and Road region. It will argue the need for collaborative efforts towards shared developmental goals and towards a regional sustainable development. It will highlight the importance of big Earth data, especially space-based Earth observation and its ability to quantitatively capture a holistic view of different aspects of geographical space allowing for a scientific approach to regional sustainable development, such as environmental change, disaster mitigation, water resources, agriculture food security, natural and cultural heritage. It will discuss the development of a regional spatial assessment index, using space-based Earth observation data, for evaluating and monitoring the progress of measures taken by regional states towards achieving their Sustainable Development Goals.

  1. Presenters/Panellists:
    Mr. Guo Huadong, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  2. Ms. Monthip Sriratana, National Research Council of Thailand, Thailand
  3. Mr. Zafar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse, Australia and New Zealand CRC for Spatial Information
  4. Mr. Massimo Menenti, Delft University of Technology
  5. Mr. Hiromichi Fukui, Chubu University
  6. Mr. Daniele Ehrlich, European Commission
  7. Mr. Han Qunli, Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR)
  8. Mr. Chen Fang, Digital Belt and Road Program (DBAR)
  9. Moderator:
    Mr. Natarajan Ishwaran, International Center on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage

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