Opportunities and Challenges in Using Satellite Imagery to Support the Sustainable Development Goals.
Category: International Statistical Institute
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set targets by 2030 for a just future for planet earth. These targets consist of 17 goals, 169 targets, and 232 indicators that are used as a reference by member countries. Measurement of each indicator requires accurate and up-to-date data to be reported as well as a benchmark for progress. The ease of obtaining data, high temporal frequency, low cost, and wide coverage make remote sensing a solution to support official statistics sourced from conventional data. Satellite imagery data is a potential alternative solution to support various SDGs indicators by mapping, monitoring, and evaluating earth phenomena. This study present the opportunities and challenges of utilizing satellite imagery that has been carried out by various researchers and communities in producing SDGs indicators to support official statistics. This study also highlights which SDGS indicators in environmental aspects can be monitored using satellite imagery. In the future, the research that has been done can be implemented into a business process model for official statistics.