ISPRS SC Webinar Series: Introduction and Capabilities of Google Earth Engine
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The Agenda 2030 of the United Nations (UN) introduced the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), comprised of 17 goals and 169 targets encompassing the social, economic and environmental dimensions of the society. The SDGs have prompted many countries to act on the most pressing global issues, including climate change, loss of biodiversity and food security. To achieve the SDGs, data and expertise are required, but these are often lacking in many developing countries. The availability of Earth observation data spanning decades of imageries has provided the scientific community greater opportunities to understand global issues and to understand the many ways on how we can achieve sustainability. Free and open access data and tools, satellite imagery, and access to other geospatial technologies are now available to the general public. However, the challenge of data processing and analysis remains, and there is an imminent need to build the capacities of researchers to aid in decision-making and formulation of effective policies. The ISPRS Student Consortium (ISPRS SC) has realized such need and is organising a series of webinars geared towards capacity building as well as knowledge sharing and are specifically designed for students and young researchers.
The ISPRS SC’s first webinar is an introduction to one of the many platforms available to the scientific community today – Google Earth Engine. Google Earth Engine is “a platform for petabyte-scale scientific analysis and visualization of geospatial datasets, both for public benefit and for business and government users.” It utilizes Google’s massive computational capabilities, giving developers, storytellers, scientists and explorers a bigger chance to understand this planet we live in, and yes, to get creative!
Date: 14th September 2018
About the Facilitator
Nicholas Clinton, Developer Advocate, Google Earth Engine
Nick Clinton is on the Earth Engine developer relations team. His role is to help external developers use Earth Engine by providing documents, code samples and trainings. I also bring messages from the external developer community back to the internal development team so that we can continue to expand and improve Earth Engine. He joined Google in 2015 having worked in the Airborne Sensor Facility of NASA Ames Research Center from 2008-2011, producing science quality calibrated imagery and supporting sensor maintenance for thermal, multispectral and hyperspectral imagers. From 2012-2015, he was on the faculty of the Center for Earth System Science at Tsinghua University, in Beijing, China