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Can Earth observation data be a viable alternative to measure the SDGs?

06 November 2019

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With traditional methods of data collection such as census and surveys being challenged by low response rates, experts are now asking if the use of earth observation — or EO — data to support monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals can be a viable alternative.

"Traditional census and survey-based approaches to producing statistics are being challenged by declining response rates, and with the added pressure of declining resources, it's essential that alternate data sources are used to supplement this where possible," John Shepherd, general manager of the industry statistics division with the Australian Bureau of Statistics, explained at GEO Week in Canberra, 5 November.

Source: Devex

Image credit: Lisa Cornish / Devex - A scene from GEO Week 2019 in Canberra, Australia.

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