Earth Observation Systems (EOS)

Devising new approaches to apply earth observation to the many challenges facing humanity with an emphasis on citizen science

Many of the challenges we face in the upcoming decades are truly global in nature - food security, climate change, natural hazards and land use change for example. In addition they are dynamic and interlinked with socioeconomic issues. Hence the EOS group is conducting research into the application of earth observation to address some of these challenges. In particular, we are exploring the enormous potential of such techniques as citizen science, and the benefits that can be derived when we combine these efforts.

EOS News

28 April 2017
Citizen science campaign to aid disaster response

For the next few weeks researchers are testing a new system to aid disaster damage mapping, providing much-needed real-time data to help communities recover and rebuild after disaster.  More

EOS Events

01 Jun 2017 - 07 Jul 2017
New citizen science field size campaign

IIASA researchers announce the launch a new citizen science Field Size Campaign with an overall aim to create a global c... More

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Steffen Fritz

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Ecosystems Services and Management

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Linda See

Research Scholar

Ecosystems Services and Management

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Ian McCallum

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The Citizen Science Earth Observation Platform


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