The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a series of 17 goals set to end global poverty and protect the planet, with the aim of achieving successes by 2030. The SDGs cover topics from global health, climate change, economic inequality, sustainability, poverty, and more. This training will focus on addressing SDG 15, whose focus is to “protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.”
In this webinar, participants will learn how to access and apply satellite data relevant to land indicators, such as estimating total forest area and forest change. The webinar will include an overview of the SDGs, as well as an introduction to image classification and change detection.
By the end of this training, attendees will:
Describe the UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goal 15
Acquire satellite observations of land cover used to assess SDG indicators 15.1.1 and 15.3.1
Develop a basic understanding of image classification and change detection
Regional, state, federal, and international organizations interested in addressing monitoring requirements for the SDGs through the use of remote sensing. Professional organizations in the public and private sectors engaged in environmental management and monitoring will be given preference over organizations focused primarily on research.