Center for Earth Observation and Citizen Science (EOCitSci)

Applying earth observation and citizen science to land cover and land use monitoring.

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Many of the challenges we face in the coming decades are global, dynamic, and interlinked with socioeconomic issues - food security, climate change, natural hazards, and land use change are examples. EOCitSci is devising new approaches and technologies to apply earth observation to some of these challenges. Particularly, we are exploring the enormous potential of citizen science in land cover and land use monitoring. With extensive experience in app design and development, and maintaining related spatial data infrastructure, we seek the benefits of combining citizen science with more traditional approaches to working with spatial information.

EOS News

11 December 2017
Prototype land cover map of Africa: Great start but more accuracy needed

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

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

19 Feb 2018
GROW Observatory Online Course "Citizen Science: From Soil to Sky"

Learn how to understand your soil and explore global environmental soil issues by becoming a citizen scientist. More

01 Feb 2018 - 03 Feb 2018
Austrian Citizen Science Conference 2018

The Conference is the 4th in the series, looking to create a new generation of Citizen Scientists and discuss current ch... More

12 Dec 2017 - 13 Dec 2017
H2020 WeObserve project kickoff meeting

IIASA will host the kickoff meeting for the H2020 WeObserve project, which aims at moving citizen science into the mains... More

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Steffen Fritz

Deputy Program Director

Ecosystems Services and Management

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Linda See

Research Scholar

Ecosystems Services and Management

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Ian McCallum

Research Scholar

Ecosystems Services and Management

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Ji L, You L, See L, Fritz S, Li C, Zhang S, & Li G (2018). Spatial and temporal changes of vegetable production in China. Journal of Land Use Science: 1-14. DOI:10.1080/1747423X.2018.1459908. (In Press)

Lesiv M, Schepaschenko D, Moltchanova E, Bun R, Dürauer M, Prishchepov AV, Schierhorn F, Estel S, et al. (2018). Spatial distribution of arable and abandoned land across former Soviet Union countries. Scientific Data 5: e180056. DOI:10.1038/sdata.2018.56.

Lesiv M, Fritz S, Laso Bayas JC, Dürauer M, Domian D, See L, McCallum I, Danylo O, et al. (2018). Global Field Sizes Dataset for Ecosystems Modeling. In: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2018, 9-13 April 2018, Vienna, Austria. (In Press)

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