CEOS and the UN Sustainable Development Goals


The Sustainable Development Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all".

Satellite Earth observations provide a unique view of our world and provide substantial amounts of data that facilitate new methods and provide new insights for the Sustainable Development Goals and their Indicators.

CEOS is supporting the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) to advance the uptake of Earth Observations (EO) in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda on sustainable development. CEOS has selected a limited set of SDGs to focus initial efforts. It is expected this list will expand in time.

Information on this page remains a draft in progress.


For more information on how CEOS is coordinating its efforts on the Sustainable Development Goals, see the CEOS website.
The tables below summarise the requirements; stakeholders; relevant missions; and tools, services, and derived products for each of these target SDG Indicators.

Requirements

The high-level measurement requirements for each SDG.

Stakeholders

The key SDG stakeholders that manage SDGs. These stakeholders are the primary connection to CEOS.

Missions

These are the primary CEOS missions relevant to each SDG. These missions have global coverage and sustained time series. Links are provided to the CEOS Missions, Instruments and Measurements Database (MIM DB).

Tools, Services, Derived Products

These tools and services use CEOS satellite data and provide direct outputs for SDG users.

SDG Indicator 6.6.1: Change in the extent of water-related ecosystems

Requirements
EO Support Sheet (coming soon)

SDG Indicator 11.3.1: Ratio of land consumption rate to population growth rate

Requirements
EO Support Sheet

SDG Indicator 14.1.1a: Index of coastal eutrophication and floating plastic debris density

Requirements
EO Support Sheet (coming soon)
Missions
Sentinel-2/3
Aqua / Terra / NPP
Tools, Services, Derived Products
EsriOceans Chlorophyll Hub
ESA Ocean Color CCI

SDG Indicator 15.3.1: Proportion of land that is degraded over total land area

Requirements
EO Support Sheet (coming soon)
CEOS ensures international coordination of civil space-based Earth observation programs and promotes exchange of data to optimize societal benefit and inform decision making for securing a prosperous and sustainable future for humankind.
Background Image Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/USGS