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.
The latest land cover map of Africa has exceptionally high resolution, picking out features at just 20 m. However, its detail does not reflect its accuracy, which lies at 65%, IIASA researchers have discovered, not as high as many had hoped. More
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Annual Report 2016
The Citizen Science Earth Observation Platform
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